Japan continues its military buildup with the Japanese hawk firmly establishing its perch over Japan

As Japan distances itself from the US through Shinzo Abe, the more Japan will be required to depend on its own foreign affairs decisions in its relationships and that includes further trade with China and Russia. Will continue to post related stories of Japan’s transition away from the US – and the UK – towards China and Russia. Japan will continue to rearm and militarize even more than what it has up until recently with very few people realizing just how powerful Japan’s military has become.
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Source: Katehon

Shinzo Abe – the Japanese hawk

July 21, 2016

by Viacheslav Zimonin

Shinzo Abe is already on his third term as the prime minister of Japan. Yes, he is a hawk. His policy has an anti-American accent. He wants to turn Japan into an independent country, which plays a big political and economic role. Over the last 20 years the Japanese economy has been in stagnation. Abe does a lot of things to reestablish the prestige of Japanese forces. He established a ten-year plan of military policy of Japan. He has also signed an expanded agreement with the US, according to which Japan undertakes a big role. Abe is quite a militaristic politician.

In Japan there are about 100 various militaristic organizations that work quiet free. They fight for the return of the northern territories, for retrieval of prestige of Japan as a powerful economic power. They are eager to recover former power, but it is hard to say how much they directly influence politicians.

At the moment, this is not about recovering the status of the great military Pacific power that could act aggressively in East Asia and Oceania. But everything is targeted to strengthen offensive forces of self-defense. In fact, these forces have nothing to do with self-defense. They are real forces, a powerful army that is more numerous than it was in World War II. It is a very serious force, equipped with the most up-to-date arms. On the land, both in aircraft and in fleet, they have the most modern equipment.

As for the recent news about the intentions of the emperor Akihito to abdicate, it is barely connected with policy. The emperor is aged, possibly may retire, and has little influence in the policy of the country. He is only a symbol who approves the solutions of the prime minister of Japan.
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3 thoughts on “Japan continues its military buildup with the Japanese hawk firmly establishing its perch over Japan

  1. Abe is not distancing himself or trying to distance himself from the US at all. In his most recent interview in April he clearly stated, in response to Trumps insane remark about pulling US military assets out of Asia, that he couldn’t possibly imagine any scenario where the US is out of Japan. He said this clearly and all of his actions indicate the same. He is building up the military because he wants to normalize the country and participate equally and by the side of the US in peace keeping in the region. He would like to Keep Russia and China in check if he can. He is not moving closer to either.

    • Do you really think Shinzo ‘the hawk’ Abe is going to publicly state that Japan’s foreign policy is shifting away from the Anglo-Americans to China and Russia? Although Japan and China pelt stones at each other in public, their economies are tied together tighter than a Sumo wrestler’s mawashi. These people aren’t stupid. They are playing the American card fairly well.

      In the last ten years, trade between Russia and Japan has quadrupled. Got clobbered in 2008 but has recovered and is now increasing annually. Japan is committed to large infrastructure projects in Siberia. Are even planning a natural gas pipeline to Japan at some point. China replaced the US as Japan’s largest trading partner and that will only increase distancing further the US. The people in Okinawa have had it, they will not tolerate the US military presence any longer. One more rape or murder and Okinawa will get burned down the people there are so angry.

      Japan is walking a hair’s width between Russia and China on one side, and the Anglo-Americans on the other. Watch as Japan inches away from the Anglo-Americans in the coming months and years as it goes more nationalistic.

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