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Japan - US Alliance
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1)Why wouldn't Japan first simply defend herself,this is a large nation of wealth? Why allow a foreign group a large portion of your people want gone to stay instead?

2)Did this gentleman really think the scene would be drugs, sex and rock and roll and suddenly figured otherwise??


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#2
Here is the party breakdown in Japan. What is interesting is that the Progressive Democrats(Right Wing) have been losing numbers, but may well be on the rebound again, with the next election.

After this fellow won, a little while back, I read an article which rightly forecast that he would not last long. The person writing the article must be a seer, because he was right on the money.

Remember, they are limited, by their constitution, as to how militaristic they can become. They have been slowly building up, but still need to change the "MacArthur" constitution.
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#3
If they want us gone and I would if I lived there,they can change their constitution and defend themselves. It's a large,prosperous island nation.

China hasn't yet taken down Taiwan,Japan has time to get set for the long haul out there.
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Palladin Wrote:If they want us gone and I would if I lived there,they can change their constitution and defend themselves. It's a large,prosperous island nation.

China hasn't yet taken down Taiwan,Japan has time to get set for the long haul out there.

They are slowly building up, and I suspect the above point is one of them.
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#5
The question of a Japanese militarization is very interesting and also perplexing. Why haven't the Japanese *already* militarized, given the huge threats they face as well as well as their cultural-historical tendency towards military conquest in East Asia?

George Friedman of Stratfor has written extensively on this and believes that the Japanese will militarize, but *after* the North Korean and Chinese threats are removed. We all at ai-jane have discussed this theory before, but basically China will cease to be a political power due to fragmentation caused by regional loyalties, and when China falls, so will NK. Japan will move to fill the power vacuum in East Asia - chiefly because of a need to secure new labor because of its aging population.

I'm not sure how true this is. I think Friedman tends to demphasize the Japenese cultural experience with the loss of WWII, and how this has impacted the Japanese consciousness. Nation's do have "consciousnesses" - that is to say, a common sense of morality passed down from parents to children, that is not effected by changing circumstances. The survivors of WWII in Japan were probably traumatized by the experience, and made sure to pass a pacifist moral sense to their children, who equally made sure to pass it to their own children, up until present day.

A new east asian power other than China probably will arise, and we probably will have a war with this new power in 50 years give or take, but I"m not so sure that power will be Japan.
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#6
Curtis,

I met the navigator on the Enola Gay not so long ago at a museum in Oak Ridge. Here's how devastated Japan was in 1945. That plane didn't even need an escort of fighters,not one piece of flak was shot at it,the weather was the main problem.

He said this,"I can promise you,the last flight I flew over Germany was as scary as the first flight".

The Japanese ambassador to the USA in 1941 was living in a cave in Japan when that bomb was dropped,so where do you imagine everyone else was living?

Between that bomb and the Nagasaki bomb(what was that,3 days?)
Japan lost 80,000 infantry soldiers in combat to the Red Army in the northern most islands,Russia still occupies them.

After Nagasaki,we firebombed Tokyo and killed more civilians than both A bombs did.

Japan was so as.s kicked it might last another century is why they haven't re-armed. They have a pagan religion and we forced them to drop out at least one of their pagan gods when they signed the 1945 peace treaty(something to do with the god of war and he never loses bullshit).


No god of war,no war for a pagan.

Germany on the other hand is into "peace" becaues of guilt,the Nipponese feel no guilt.
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#7
Perhaps the Japs are simply more practical and logical With the US navy and nuclear umbrella and the weakness of Russia and China, there was no need to re-militarize. Also, it is in their constitution.

As China increments up its naval power, I suspect Japan will reconsider. As a matter of fact, I am surprised that they have not been growing their military before now. Somewhere I read that they could make a substantial number of nuclear bombs on short notice, having made many civilian reactors in their country.
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#8
They also have sort of a quasi-military. They do need to fix their demographic death spiral if they are going to have a military build-up. Shortage of young men, plus the added fact some will be killed in any sort of conflict, means more people must have babies. Of course, since Japan has been unable to project itself the last 50 or so years, this might be the cause of low-birth rates in a crowded nation.

Personally, I think it would be neat to have a re-militarized Japan out there to be honest.
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