Comments on: Japan’s pacifism fades, but most Japanese aren’t happy about it http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/20/japans-pacifism-fades-but-most-japanese-arent-happy-about-it/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Verdae http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/20/japans-pacifism-fades-but-most-japanese-arent-happy-about-it/#comment-1089338 Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:43:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42200#comment-1089338 If a country is not willing to defend itself, why should the US bother with them?

The US has provided the defense of Europe and Asia at our own expense for 70 years. I think that is long enough.

Time to put America first.

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By: Verdae http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/20/japans-pacifism-fades-but-most-japanese-arent-happy-about-it/#comment-1089334 Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:38:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42200#comment-1089334 Dear Reuters: In the second paragraph I think you meant “overstate” not:

It is hard to understate the potential impact of this development.

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By: compass2k http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/20/japans-pacifism-fades-but-most-japanese-arent-happy-about-it/#comment-1088964 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 20:20:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42200#comment-1088964 Good on him. Japan is taking responsibility for its own defense instead of hiding behind the US.
Obama has a mixed record in resolving armed threats – Putin fooled him in Libya and is doing what he likes in Ukraine, the rush to leave Iraq let IS fill the space caused by Shia triumphalism and vindictiveness, similar in Libya and possibly Afghanistan. Though like Bush he seems to be a master of losing the peace , Iran looks promising and I like that he had Britain and France carry the effort and pick up the costs in Libya.
Seems a more fair sharing of the load of fighting Islamists and containing Tsar Putin and the march (or sailing ) of Chinese sea grabs reduces the likelihood of global cop fatigue by the US leadership and citizenry.
I’m not an unqualified fan of US international actions (especially when they only do half the job) but a world with dominant forces being Chinese communists, Putin’s masked gangters and the Islamic equivalents is a lot scarier than the status quo.
Kudos for Abe for showing leadership.

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By: yobro_yobro88 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/20/japans-pacifism-fades-but-most-japanese-arent-happy-about-it/#comment-1088590 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:25:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42200#comment-1088590 If you love peace, prepare for war.

Japan needs a real military as a matter of national sovereignty. Since Abe already buys into this Keynesian nonsense of spending driving the economy, why not at least get a real army in return. isnt that better than just running up the deficits for the sake of running up the deficits

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By: LowIncome http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/20/japans-pacifism-fades-but-most-japanese-arent-happy-about-it/#comment-1087020 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:35:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42200#comment-1087020 The Peace Constitution has served Japan well. The crazy Neocons in the US will bankrupt the country with an endless series of wars that drain the Treasury. Regime change, Color Revolutions and wars of hegemony are a greased chute to hell. Commerce will serve the people of Japan well.

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By: CitizenCane http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/20/japans-pacifism-fades-but-most-japanese-arent-happy-about-it/#comment-1086703 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:17:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42200#comment-1086703 H

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By: CitizenCane http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/20/japans-pacifism-fades-but-most-japanese-arent-happy-about-it/#comment-1086702 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:11:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42200#comment-1086702 There are countless reasons why Abe would like to revise the constitution. One reason is that he and his buddies like Mayor of Tokyo, Ishihara Shintaro are great friends of The Heritage Foundation and of course through them a huge lobby of US defence contractors. The US are focused on containment of China is the Pacific. Thus, the US having a small obedient bull dog (more like poodle) in the form of the Abe government helps feel as if they have a coalition of the willing.

In truth, Abe’s sword rattling helps him deflect public attention from the ongoing meltdowns (x3) at Fukushima which cannot be brought under control, the failed Abenomics reforms that currently only benefit the Japanese corporations because of monetary easing, and the increasing birth decline because of Japan’s ethnocentric and compassionless policies for migration and refugee acceptance.

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By: Laster http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/20/japans-pacifism-fades-but-most-japanese-arent-happy-about-it/#comment-1086697 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:39:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42200#comment-1086697 Peter Van Buren, I enjoyed reading that, maybe one of the better contributions to the op-ed page(imlho).

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By: Laster http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/20/japans-pacifism-fades-but-most-japanese-arent-happy-about-it/#comment-1086696 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:24:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42200#comment-1086696 nice

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By: nek866 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/20/japans-pacifism-fades-but-most-japanese-arent-happy-about-it/#comment-1086660 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:46:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42200#comment-1086660 Anyone shocked by the way the world is after Obama……

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