Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also the Liberal Democratic Party leader, raises his fist with LDP election candidates and LDP lawmakers, including Finance Minister Taro Aso, as he speaks to voters in Akihabara, Tokyo, on Saturday night ahead of Sunday's upper house election. Photo: REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan's neighbors will be closely watching Abe's policies after election

By Tomoyuki Tachikawa and Dahee Kim

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It's true. The outcome of the election will not affect any diplomatic issues. Japan has started the new stance with the neighboring diplomacy. And most Japanese people has supported it.

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Japan's position will not change much.

Let the neighboring countries watch all they can.

There are many countries friendly to Japan : Taiwan, Indonesia, VietNam Thailand, Philippines etc. who are happy to engage J companies and trade.


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 Japan did not invade Korea. Korea was a Japanese protectorate until 1910 when it became part of Japan by the Treaty of Annexation

Well stated OssanAmerica. Japan was invited into Korea to help modernize her, as Korea was a 3rd world nation at the time. It certainly never invaded Korea as this article claims. Fake news.

No matter how big the election win is, PM Abe will maintain his steely resolve, and never back down.

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As every promise, pledge from Abe has not happened just the opposite in fact. The neighbors give him the respect he deserves which in zero. But politicians have a 16 year high for income while the population has the opposite.

Really wish I'd opened a vetenary university might be in a better financial Or some white gloves and a noisy van seems it's the only way to get a head.

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"Abe's LDP has promised to clarify the status of the Self-Defense Forces in Article 9 of the Constitution. China and South Korea have opposed the revision of the war-renouncing article, saying it would lead to Japan's remilitarization."

It is none of China's or Korea's business. It is for the Japanese people decide what to do about the constitution.

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Abe and his ilk have the disease of hubris. This takes the form of overestimating their power. This has made them shortsighted in underestimating the consequences of their actions. Japanese imperial hubris led Japan into a disaster war with the U.S. and its allies. (Pearl Harbor did not humble America; it did the opposite.) Hubris brought down the bubble economy c. 1990. (Remember when the Japanese were buying all the landmarks they could?). And the same hubris bids disaster in Abe's economic war on South Korea. Abe has made it harder for South Korea to buy certain material necessary for making computer components. Likely South Korea will buy this stuff from other sources.

The revision of Article 9 is scary as it could get Japan involved militarily in America' s perpetual wars. There is, however, a fly in the ultranationalist ointment: Japan's low birthrate. Japan simply cannot waste is workers on the military. If there is a war, it is inevitable that some or many of it precious few young people who are in the military will be killed. Japan's youth is too precious to be expended in war.

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And most Japanese people has supported it.

No, should be.

And most Japanese are indifferent to what politicians do.

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drluciferToday  09:37 am JST

And most Japanese are indifferent to what politicians do.

Just like the politicians are indifferent to what's in the people's best interests.

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Just dump Aso. The guy has a major problem with speaking before thinking.

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I don't see any reason to be worried about it. In case they are concerning about good relations with Japan, they just need to know how to deal with Japan and be respectful. You show a good image of your country when you show your good image towards others. I bet Japan wants to help her neighbor to be in better condition, but in order to achieve it, those neighbors should also cooperate by not making trouble(eg. invading islets that belong to Japan, making xxx day, setting statues around the embassies, and kidding the Japanese national pets).

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Just dump Aso. The guy has a major problem with speaking before thinking.

You think that Aso’s statements would be any better if he sat down and thought about them?

You have more confidence in him than most.

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"Just dump Aso. The guy has a major problem with speaking before thinking."

Aso is doing a great job as deputy PM and at the Finance ministry.

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"What neighboring countries fear is that in line with constitutional revision, the Abe-led government might make its diplomatic policies toward East Asian nations more hawkish and aggressive," the diplomat in Beijing added

But Chinese expansionism throughout the region and its provocations in the Senkakus, South Korea's seizure of Japanese assets and hysterical whipping-up of anti-Japanese sentiment whenever it suits their Government, and North Korea's indiscriminate launching of missiles over Japanese territory combined with its usual dire threats aren't "hawkish and aggressive", is that right?

The last country anyone needs opinions from on this subject is China.

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Good to see Abe and co wearing jackets and in some cases ties!

It is obvious that they don’t live in the same massively humid and hot summer that we all have to bear...

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it's kinda obvious he'll be rubberstamped to continue. It's not like people vote or have an idea of how democracies work

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"What neighboring countries fear is that in line with constitutional revision, the Abe-led government might make its diplomatic policies toward East Asian nations more hawkish and aggressive," the diplomat in Beijing added

This will just allow China to justify an arms race. Note he's not saying China fears this

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it’s kind of obvious he’ll be rubberstamped to continue.


Any predictions on the turnout? Do you think it’ll break 40%?

Juat trying to make things a bit more interesting.

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it's everyone's business if Japan drops Article 9. That will destabilize the region, effect markets. You don't live on an island anymore

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I thought the trend line was downwards so breaking 40% would seem to be a surprise

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I have no problem with Japan boosting its defence capability, the war is long over and Japan has the same right as any other country to be prepared to defend itself. But if I were to be asked whether I would rather live in a country presided over by a Conservative nationalist or an ex-human rights lawyer, it would have to be the second one.

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@Tony: you forgot that the ex-human rights lawyer is a nationalist too. It's like to say that Xi isn't nationalist just because he is supposed to be communist. Nationalism isn't a right wing thing only.

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Japan invaded Korea and a huge swath of China before the end of war that lasted until 1945.

This sentence in the article is incorrect. There was never any war or invasion of Korea by Japan leading up to the 1910 Annexation Treaty.

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