Comments on: Japan’s path forward, in five steps http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2014/05/09/japans-path-forward-in-five-steps/ Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:27:05 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: bigturkey http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2014/05/09/japans-path-forward-in-five-steps/#comment-1174 Tue, 13 May 2014 12:03:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=1319#comment-1174 Nice article. If China unilaterally occupies and defends the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands the U.S. will effectively do nothing. The consequences of that will be mega.

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By: Wantunbiasednew http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2014/05/09/japans-path-forward-in-five-steps/#comment-1173 Mon, 12 May 2014 08:57:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=1319#comment-1173 1. 3 years ago nobody, but political specialists knew the names Senkaku or Daioyu Islands. The issue, dormant for 40 years, was revived by Japan on request of United States as part of US pivot to Asia policy. Abe is the most far-right Japan post war prime minister. Has he been elected in Germany, everybody would scream about return of fascism. Don’t be fooled by Abenomics slogan, Abe main interest is revival of Japanese nationalism, development of military and change of peaceful Japan constitution. US needs somebody to share the burden of China containment and Japan after changing the Constitution/ or its reinterpretation means another 100+ billion USD of arm spending. Abenomics has unfortunately failed, but significant tax increases will make room for this increase in defence spending.
2. TPP is part of China containment/pivot to Asia policy. Japan cannot be part of the deal due to internal politics. Important electoral base of Liberal Democratic Party (btw Japan is one party state, LDP rules for nearly 60 years, with 3 years break) are Japanese farmers.
3. Abe’s revisionist political views (Japanese WW2 occupation of Asia was OK, Korean comfort women liked sex with Japanese soldiers and half of them died just out of joy etc.) costed him first PM term and made him persona non grata in whole East Asia. Koreans just hate him. It was very difficult for US to just organize trilateral short meeting of Abe, Obama and South Korean President during the atomic summit in Hague, in March 2014. Park Geun-hye is SK president since February 2013 and it her first “meeting” with Abe . Thus the main short-term effect of Japan/US actions was significant political rapprochement of China with Taiwan and South Korea.

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By: Wantunbiasednew http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2014/05/09/japans-path-forward-in-five-steps/#comment-1172 Mon, 12 May 2014 08:54:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=1319#comment-1172 1. 3 years ago nobody, but political specialists knew the names Senkaku or Daioyu Islands. The issue, dormant for 40 years, was revived by Japan on request of United States as part of US pivot to Asia policy. Abe is the most far-right Japan post war prime minister. Has he been elected in Germany, everybody would scream about return of fascism. Don’t be fooled by Abenomics slogan, Abe main interest is revival of Japanese nationalism, development of military and change of peaceful Japan constitution. US needs somebody to share the burden of China containment and Japan after changing the Constitution/ or its reinterpretation means another 100+ billion USD of arm spending. Abenomics has unfortunately failed, but significant tax increases will make room for this increase in defence spending.
2. TPP is part of China containment/pivot to Asia policy. Japan cannot be part of the deal due to internal politics. Important electoral base of Liberal Democratic Party (btw Japan is one party state, LDP rules for nearly 60 years, with 3 years break) are Japanese farmers.
3. Abe’s revisionist political views (Japanese WW2 occupation of Asia was OK, Korean comfort women liked sex with Japanese soldiers and half of them died just out of joy etc.) costed him first PM term and made him persona non grata in whole East Asia. Koreans just hate him. It was very difficult for US to just organize trilateral short meeting of Abe, Obama and South Korean President during the atomic summit in Hague, in March 2014. Park Geun-hye is SK president since February 2013 and it her first “meeting” with Abe . Thus the main short-term effect of Japan/US actions was significant political rapprochement of China with Taiwan and South Korea.

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By: Wantunbiasednew http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2014/05/09/japans-path-forward-in-five-steps/#comment-1171 Mon, 12 May 2014 08:53:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=1319#comment-1171 1. 3 years ago nobody, but political specialists knew the names Senkaku or Daioyu Islands. The issue, dormant for 40 years, was revived by Japan on request of United States as part of US pivot to Asia policy. Abe is the most far-right Japan post war prime minister. Has he been elected in Germany, everybody would scream about return of fascism. Don’t be fooled by Abenomics slogan, Abe main interest is revival of Japanese nationalism, development of military and change of peaceful Japan constitution. US needs somebody to share the burden of China containment and Japan after changing the Constitution/ or its reinterpretation means another 100+ billion USD of arm spending. Abenomics has unfortunately failed, but significant tax increases will make room for this increase in defence spending.
2. TPP is part of China containment/pivot to Asia policy. Japan cannot be part of the deal due to internal politics. Important electoral base of Liberal Democratic Party (btw Japan is one party state, LDP rules for nearly 60 years, with 3 years break) are Japanese farmers.
3. Abe’s revisionist political views (Japanese WW2 occupation of Asia was OK, Korean comfort women liked sex with Japanese soldiers and half of them died just out of joy etc.) costed him first PM term and made him persona non grata in whole East Asia. Koreans just hate him. It was very difficult for US to just organize trilateral short meeting of Abe, Obama and South Korean President during the atomic summit in Hague, in March 2014. Park Geun-hye is SK president since February 2013 and it her first “meeting” with Abe . Thus the main short-term effect of Japan/US actions was significant political rapprochement of China with Taiwan and South Korea.

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By: Wantunbiasednew http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2014/05/09/japans-path-forward-in-five-steps/#comment-1170 Mon, 12 May 2014 08:37:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=1319#comment-1170 1. 3 years ago nobody, but political specialists knew the names Senkaku or Daioyu Islands. The issue, dormant for 40 years, was revived by Japan on request of United States as part of US pivot to Asia policy.
2. Abe is the most far-right Japan post war prime minister. Has he been elected in Germany, everybody would scream about return of fascism. Don’t be fooled by Abenomics slogan, Abe main interest is revival of Japanese nationalism, development of military and change of peaceful Japan constitution.
3. US needs somebody to share the burden of China containment and Japan after changing the Constitution/ or its reinterpretation means another 100+ billion USD of arm spending.
4. Abenomics has unfortunately failed. But significant tax increases will make room for increase in defence spending.
5. TPP is part of China containment/pivot to Asia policy. Japan cannot be part of the deal due to internal politics. Important electoral base of Liberal Democratic Party (btw Japan is one party state, LDP rules for nearly 60 years, with 3 years break) are Japanese farmers.
6. Abe’s revisionist political views (Japanese WW2 occupation of Asia was OK, Korean comfort women liked sex with Japanese soldiers and half of them died just out of joy etc.) costed him first PM term and
has made him persona non grata in whole East Asia. Koreans just hate him.

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By: ChoshuShinsaku http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2014/05/09/japans-path-forward-in-five-steps/#comment-1168 Sun, 11 May 2014 10:38:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=1319#comment-1168 The above is a nice wish list but the truth is Abe is
certainly not a reformer. Abe is a status quo guy and
always avoids taking on entrenched special interest
groups in Japan. The previous prime minister Noda of
the Minshuto party is the person who requested Japan
be a party to TPP and not Abe. In regards to energy
policy; Abe has just reverted back to the same energy
policy Japan had before the Fukushima disaster and he
has no future vision for Japan`s energy future.

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By: breezinthru http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2014/05/09/japans-path-forward-in-five-steps/#comment-1167 Sun, 11 May 2014 05:51:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=1319#comment-1167 Agreed with Don’tBeLate. Japan has no way forward without a comprehensive energy plan that does not include nuclear energy.

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By: breezinthru http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2014/05/09/japans-path-forward-in-five-steps/#comment-1166 Sun, 11 May 2014 05:51:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=1319#comment-1166 Agreed with Don’tBeLate. Japan has no way forward without a comprehensive energy plan that does not include nuclear energy.

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By: DontBeLate http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2014/05/09/japans-path-forward-in-five-steps/#comment-1165 Sun, 11 May 2014 00:48:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=1319#comment-1165 #6 – The only way Japan can really move forward is to be honest about the radiation contamination caused by Fukushima; and be honest about the health effects from the radiation.

#7 – Japan should keep their nuclear power plants shut down and replace the energy with Renewable Energy which CAN power any country entirely and which would give Japan complete energy independence without the need for uranium for fuel.

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By: Mac20nine http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2014/05/09/japans-path-forward-in-five-steps/#comment-1163 Sat, 10 May 2014 15:39:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=1319#comment-1163 Lighten up Shemp (Pterosaur), Ian’s no brainiac but he’s got a good gig going. Propaganda?? This is an opinion piece.

You’re so off base it’s pathetic. Would you know what the word myopic means? At least he’s not a shill like Salam. Salam’s so transparent it hurts. I’d insult him properly but that would probably nix this comment.

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