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Abe's plans to break with past threaten more friction ahead

By Linda Sieg

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He doesn't want to break with the past: he wants to go back to the distant past. I cannot understand why people like him and Abenomics. The only good thing I can say about him is that he is not as bad as Ishihara.

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Totally agree!

And the event tomorrow is the equivalent of Abe extending his middle finger to Okinawa.

If the whole of Japan had reverted to Japanese administration at that time, it would be a great thing to celebrate. Unfortunately, Okinawa was still under US administration at the time and would remain so until 1972.

Abe is the Prime Minister of Tokyo. His vision doesn't stretch much further.

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When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a ceremony on Sunday to mark a day in history that few voters give much thought, he will also be quietly pushing his agenda to break free from Japan's post-war pacifism that could risk inflaming regional tensions.

There would be no "regional tensions" if China wasn't provoking its neighbors. It's not just a conflict between China and Japan. On March 20, 2013, the Chinese Maritime Surveillance vessel No. 786 opened fired on an unarmed Vietnamese fishing boat. On April 15, 2013 a platoon-strength contingent of PLA soldiers crossed 10km into the Ladakh region of India and set up a base camp. And just this week we have 21 people killed in East Turkestan as a result of China's ongoing occupation. Even as China engages in all of these hostile actions, it continues to increase its military budget every year (over 10% in 2013). For Japan to carry on as if its business as usual would be just plain stupid.

"The best way to avoid war is to prepare for it." - General Martin E. Dempsey

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perhaps Abe finds that going back to militarist past is much easier than putting more efforts in reviving economy that has been in vegetative state for over two decades. Ofcourse US remains committed to Japan' security, Obama should initiate diplomatic move to defuse tense situation in the region.

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Japans new LDP government has engaged a dangerous pass and it is one that is counter productive in the long run. The earth will not be destroyed by any kind of natural cataclysm, but by human short sightedness, greed, egocentrism, lack of respect for life and a lack of intelligent planning, as well as a total lack of wisdom and logical thinking.

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Why should Obama get involved in the dispute anymore than he already had? The best thing for the US would be to have a stronger Japananese military capable of defending itself so the already stretched thin US military could redeploy some of the 50,000 troops elsewhere in more needed locations. Instead of protecting Japan from the bullies around it. Japan really needs to get over their defeatist culture. That culture is what has given rise to these uncontrollable teens in Japan running amuck in a country that had a "there's nothing I can do about it" attitude. Pride for Japan seems to be looked on as a negative trait. Patriotism is almost a dirty eord in Japan. I was shocked by this coming from a flag waiving " we are the best" culture like the US that Obama is trying hard to destroy. No they shouldn't forget the past. They need to revise their history classes and actually teach why the other Asain countries have such disdain for Japan ie the rape of Nanking. With hopes that they won't do it again. But the past is in the past. And it's time for the Japanese to take pride in their country and themselves again.

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The problem is the Internet. Any domestic incident are reported to overseas as much as the video incident in US. Perhaps, it is time to start blocking some sensitive news.

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I agree with House Atreides, not flirting with China's aggressive moves will only escalate the tensions, and we all know what happens when things "escalate". Better to call their bluff quick and now! That nation is so pucked it will only last another 15 to 20 years anyway before it gets pollution cirrhosis.

This was a strange comment:

Among the topics under discussion are loosening employment rules to make it easier to shed workers

Oh yeah!........Listen to THESE guys

"The same issues have come up again and again," said Yoshihiko Miyauchi, the chairman of financial services firm Orix Corp, who served on a deregulation panel under Koizumi from 2001 to 2006.

Sieg does seem to understand enough about Japan to offer an opinion.

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