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Japan coast guard has brush with Taiwanese fishing boat off Senkakus

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I hope Taiwanese authorities take this incident seriously. It will be stupid for them antagonize Japan.

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These are Taiwanese fishermen. This is a real fisheries issue and undoubtedly will be treated as such. Taiwan does not have a "Maritime Militia" like China with a covert mission objective in addition to catching fish.

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Hopefully it won't get too bad, Taiwan and Japan great friends through thick and thin.

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This is exactly the kind of thing China wants.

Hope neither side falls for it.

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Personally I think Japan shud give Taiwan a free pass and be like “ok friend, sure you can fish”....

When the Chinese come....well go call Daddy Yankee

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"When the Chinese come....well go call Daddy Yankee"

Well, history tells us that Japan did extremely well without "Daddy Yankee", for thousands of years.

Incidentally, against the same adversary you think they would never be able to handle, without "Daddy Yankee".

All Japan has to do is spend more than 1% in defence.

Then, this "Daddy Yankee" thingy will be replaced by something else we all know too well.

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These Taiwanese "fishermen" are probably PRC agents trying to antagonize Japan and test PM Suga's strength. Sadly, there are thousands of them in Taiwan. Real Taiwanese love Japan and wouldn't try anf bully or jeopardize the close relationship.

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No need for Daddy Yankee

Japan, China have been neighbors for tens of thousands of years. China has always been rich and powerful, yet Japan has always been independent and many times a threat to mainland China and Korea.

We should continue our alliance with U.S. but Japan should definitely be more independent and self sustainable when it comes to security and defense.

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The Japanese coast guard said the fishing boat got close to one of its patrol ships, resulting in a brush between the former's bow and the latter's stern.

So, what they are really saying is, the Japanese coastguard ship rammed the fishing boat in the stern. the fishing boat “got close” to the coast guard ship? This whole paragraph is a bunch of malarkey!

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Well, history tells us that Japan did extremely well without "Daddy Yankee", for thousands of years.

Well, that was a different Japan and that Japan was not as pacifistic as today's Japan. Also, that Japan did not have the restrictive Article 9 in their Constitution that prohibited them from using military force to resolve disputes.

All Japan has to do is spend more than 1% in defence.

By spending more than 1% in defence will be construed as being militaristic and that violates the Article 9. You can't have it both ways.

"When the Chinese come....well go call Daddy Yankee"

In calling "Daddy Yankee" while taking a subordinate role, Japan is not seen as acting in a manner that violates the Article 9. But at the same time, it continues to be reliant and dependent on the U.S.

We should continue our alliance with U.S. but Japan should definitely be more independent and self sustainable when it comes to security and defense.

But Japan is also going to have to take a more leading and active role in defending the Pacific region against adversaries like China. To do so, Japan is going to have to modify that Article 9 that will allow them to increase defense spending, build and be willing to deploy an offense-capable sea, air and ground military force, if needed.

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