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Israel & Japan
Japan Cozies Up to Israel
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  • JR

    Europe is becoming increasingly less relevant in global affairs. If you don’t have an army, nobody gives a flip about what you are saying. Same as it ever was….

    • f1b0nacc1

      I believe the relevant quote was “How many divisions has the pope?”

      • JR

        I think it goes deeper than that. It is inability to even conceive of having an army. Having said that, I think the next 20 to 30 years will change that. OR maybe they will just die out without a whimper. I have hopes for the former.

        • f1b0nacc1

          I have fears for the latter…

          Seriously though, I suspect that your analysis is spot on. I refer to them as EUnicks for a reason, after all…

      • LarryD

        Or Osama bin Laden’s “When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse.”

        Goes beyond having military power, or any power. Useless if your character prevents you from ever using it.

        • f1b0nacc1

          Indeed so….the Chinese phrase “paper tiger” comes immediately to mind…

  • Ellen

    Right, that is something that the peaceniks and the “make love not war” crowd in Europe still haven’t come to grips with. Putin has less and less money but has a rebuilt military that he is willing to use. Look how everyone is sucking up to him. Then, look how few people care what the Europeans think.

    But, it isn’t just the projection of military power that Europe lacks. They also have fallen behind in technological innovation. They are still good at the 19th and early 20th century industries like chemicals, pharma, cars and luxury items. But not in IT, biotech, and cyber power. Those are the new frontiers, though. Israel and America are leaders in these areas, and India may become one. Those are the countries that people will come running to. Not the Europeans and certainly not the Arabs. If you read the Arab press, you get the distinct impression that Saudi Arabia is starting to implode economically, and may drag down a whole slew of other countries that lived off of their handouts for years, like Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, and maybe Jordan. That is the reality of the Arabs; not power but implosion.

  • WigWag

    Israel and Japan are in many ways a perfect match; opposites attract and these two countries are opposites. Japan’s skill set is centered around manufacturing, precision electronics and robotics; what the country doesn’t have is an entrepreneurial spirit or a high failure tolerance. Much of this is cultural and related to the way Japan educates its young. To put it simply, Japan is start-up nation-not.

    Israel is too small to have much of a manufacturing sector but it’s the paradigmatic start-up nation. There is a high tolerance for failure and Israel’s military prepares young people for chance-taking.

    It makes all the sense in the world for Israel and Japan to collaborate. Israel and Japan; perfect together.

    • AaronL

      Israel exports advanced electronics like high-tech imaging equipment to Japan and imports domestic electronics from Japan. The entrepreneurial spirit in Israel that you were writing about means that it’s Israel , and not Japan, that is on the cutting edge of high tech. There is a reason why giant high tech companies like Intel have design laboratories in Israel.

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