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Abe vows more active security role for Japan

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And now for the angry response from CHina?

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Properly translated, this essentially means: "We want in on the way the U.S. assists its economy through its military industrial complex, and the way it extends such economic benefits through a string of unnecessary armed conflicts in third world countries that are so remote its citizens don't care enough to protest about."

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Japan is one of the worlds most mature democracies

Fukushima is under control

Yep this guy is pathological.

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Its hard to say, but I dont really think the U.S. wants Japan "assisting" it in any operation around the world. It would be more of a headache than any benefit gained. The U.S. wants Japan as a buffer to China and for Japan to become a mature democracy in the region....which has yet to happen. Abe is playing with words; Japan is not a mature democracy by any means. I do think the U.S. would like to pull out of Japan, but cant trust Japan to defend itself without making incidents and going nuclear. By the time this happens, it would be too late, as Japan would have manipulated the world...history repeating itself.

I think Germany (a mature democracy) has now taken over the command of Afghanistan. Could you imagine Japan in such a role?

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When is he sending you guys to war?

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Regional and global considerations aside, Japan should not be the weak link in their own self defense.

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Agreed Japan should not be the weakest link in its own defense, but what to make of this statement:

"And we will. Japan will contribute to the peace and stability of the region and the world even more proactively than before,” he said"

Peace and stablity of the world? The last time they got involved with that it was the greater east asian prosperity sphere.

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Mike45, this is 2013. Not 1946. Japan's SDF has made many contributions to peace and stability since then. Especially in the last two decades.

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Agreed Japan should not be the weakest link in its own defense, but what to make of this statement:

"And we will. Japan will contribute to the peace and stability of the region and the world even more proactively than before,” he said"

Peace and stablity of the world? The last time they got involved with that it was the greater east asian prosperity sphere.

They were being sent out for peacekeeping and humanitarian task before. Why don't you stop the prejudice and learn to appreciate that effort.

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Japan is one of the world’s most mature democracies.

Abe finally didn't lie about something. The average age of the population at 44.6 is the second highest in the world after Monaco.

Japan is also the world's largest importer of food and of energy. Why does the country need to militarize further? A lot of old people with few resources. What is there to protect?

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Japan has never made any contribution to peace and stability nor did it threaten peace. It simply stayed out of the world stage.

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Eiji TakanoSep. 26, 2013 - 10:06PM JST Japan has never made any contribution to peace and stability nor did it threaten peace. It simply stayed out of the >world stage

You are correct in that Japan since 1945 has never threatened peace. But you are very wrong if you think Japan has not made contributions to peace and stability since then.

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Abe is right, Japan has contributed several times but not shown much initiative since the constitution limits their efforts to maintenance and such. Im sure the UN would be happy with some more voluntary active fighting units under their mandate if they can let go of the old ww2 suspicions.

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@Sentiments

Japan had participated in many UN mandated PKOs, no PKFs but there has not been that much since most wars are not UN mandated wars and mostly done by US led coalition forces like Iraq or Mali.

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Japan has been holding up their end in terms of non-military assistance. But, now that China wants to bully the neighbors, Japan will have to increase their military capability. It's a sad consequence of China's bad behavior.

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It couldn't hurt Japan to increase it's defense a little but don't go using the US as a prime example. We use our over-sized military as an excuse sometimes and though we are a leader in global defense it doesn't mean we should be idolized. Japan should not be a "weak link" however to me that term is too broad. weak in what way exactly?

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how did Abe come to think Japan is a weak-link? is having an aggressive military force a stronger-link in the World? wasn't Article nine of the Constitution to assure non-violent resolution for future disputes. how can Japan maintain peace and pacifism if they aggravate the conflict with armed responses?

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“A weak-link” is just an excuse to increase the military powers. Think about this since the War Japan had kept itself out of conflicts and raised itself to become Japan today that gained respect and admiration from countries around the world without shedding any blood. But now it is telling the world that it wants to be more powerful and sending its own people to die for nothing. Is it really because of China or N. Korea? I doubt it. Do you really think that if Japan is being invaded the world will just stand by and do nothing? Japan is not a backward country like in the Middle East where countries can be easily taken over, and there is just not enough reason to invade Japan. In the back of your mind you probably agree that Japan should be clean and stay out of all wars. With its highly educated population, high standard of living and the mature society, Japan just can’t afford to lose them. Aggression only brings more aggression. The US may have an evil agenda here in East Asia and has picked Japan to do its evil deeds. So J people should not be fooled to believe that more military power is a better solution. Abe may not be in the office long but his legacy will shorten the lives of the young people in Japan. Remember the tears and agonies of losing the loved ones.

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Japan should keep open the possibility of making nuclear weapons as a equalizer, even if only as an option. Japan should have at least show the ability to make nuclear weapons. Having nuclear plants shows to other nations that Japan can make nuclear weapons. The ability to make them acts as a deterrent and gives Japan more diplomatic clout. China, India, North Korea, and Pakistan has nuclear weapons, and it might be necessary for Japan to consider it too, though the U.S. nuclear umbrella made doing so unnecessary at this time.

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He will be in the office just for few years....

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To assist the ally, USA? USA Military men are well trained to kill enemies and win. If they have to fight with Japanese SDF members, they will have extra burden to protect SDF men, US Military members will say "No, thank you". Many of them are veterans of Middle East, with real bombs and gun attacks.

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To assist the ally, USA? USA Military men are well trained to kill enemies and win. If they have to fight with Japanese SDF members, they will have extra burden to protect SDF men, US Military members will say "No, thank you". Many of them are veterans of Middle East, with real bombs and gun attacks.

The hell? Since when did you speak for the US military? And since when were the US military this group of perfect badass people? The military cooperating together is always, a good idea, since it reduces the likelihood of future conflicts.

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A simplified interpretation would probably depict this as a typical nationalist agenda from Abe. He doesnt want to see Japan as a weak link in a future where political and economical influence is only measured in military might. But dont forget that the military component may only be a means to an end, to strengthen democracy and global engagement. When people think that they dont care about a war in a remote corner of the world they are showing no sense of responsibility or engagement for the world. If we can imagine a global peaceful community in the future the best way to create a sense of global citizenship may actually be to participate in international security work with military force. It will take time but the process has to start sometime.

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Eiji" I am not speaking for US Military. I am writing relality. JSDF members are not trained to kill enemies. Many US Military men whoi will be returning from Afgan have been experienced on real war. Are you telling that SDF members are trained or experience JSDF is not military in sense of combats. nflicts. USA is hated by Arabic and African nations. Right now, they don;t hate Japan. How about military expenses? USA has trouble in budget right now. Tremendous amount of budget increase if Japan tries to make Japan militarisitic country. We had enough experience of that terrible W W I So you think JSDF is equivalent to killing trained USW Militrary members. I.

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flowersSep. 27, 2013 - 05:05AM JST “A weak-link” is just an excuse to increase the military powers.

China's aggressive behavior is not an "excuse". Neither is Northj Korea's continued China-sanctioned belligerence.

Think about this since the War Japan had kept itself out of conflicts and raised itself to become Japan today that >gained respect and admiration from countries around the world without shedding any blood.

And Japan would have liked to remain that way but China wrecked those plans. And still at it now including pro-China posts like yours.

But now it is telling the world that it wants to be more powerful and sending its own people to die for nothing. Is it really >because of China or N. Korea?

It wants to be able to defend itself from increasing threats. Unlike China that continues to increase it's military power so that it can bully it's smaller neighbors and challenge the United States. Yes, it's really because of China and it's lapdog North Korea.

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Is it really because of China or N. Korea?

In a word Yes.

As to China, there is a reason why SE Asian nations are uniting with U.S. and Japan (joint military exercizes, reopening of base in Philipines, strategic meetings, procurement of additional maritime vessels). If China keeps this up, it won't be long before these nations form an alliance (excluding China) much like NATO.

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