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Good pictures of Abe!

BTW, japanese media should not call Japan as "Japan Inc'. I know it is a nickname that was created for Japan 30 years ago representing how close the government and business sector were working together, but today I think it is very rude.

I think it is a negative nickname for Japan.

It may sound Japan is only interested in business, forgetting other important topics like quality of life, sports, culture, mutual benefits. And may also sound Japan is selfish ando workaholic.

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Well this will get the PLA brass in Beijing steamed. India to the South, as well as Russia to the North, doesn't HATE Japan as China would like.

FernandoUchiyamaJan. 26, 2014 - 07:06AM JST BTW, japanese media should not call Japan as "Japan Inc'. I know it is a nickname that was created for Japan 30 >years ago representing how close the government and business sector were working together, but today I think it is >very rude.

I don't think AFP is Japanese media.

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How about visiting China - the country that has the most relevance to Japan at the moment Mr. Abe ?? That requires a little more effort than just circling the globe and pouting about China's "bullying"....

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The India/Japan tie basically amounts to Japan giving money to India. India already buys the best weapons from Russia. But those are expensive, and training costs money. Given India's financial situation the Japanese free cash is most welcome, especially since in fact 90% of it will end up in the personal network of the officials, all of whom are corrupt to the core.

India has already tested the Fire Agni-IV missile to cover the entire China, and is busy working on the next generation Agni-V that will cover Japan and parts of Russia too. Japanese tax payers money will definitely help.

So keep it coming. As long as the money flows, the relationship will be amiable. After all the two countries share so many much in common: language, culture, tradition, costume, cuisine. The fact one allys with US and one with Russia doesn't matter, so long they have the same enemy.

Way to go!

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Chinese Foreign Mistry indignation in 3,2,1.....

India is a logical alternative to China for Japanese companies. Lower wages, relatively high education levels and the rule of law which Chins notably lacks.

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:)

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nostromoJan. 26, 2014 - 07:24AM JST How about visiting China - the country that has the most relevance to Japan at the moment Mr. Abe ?? That requires >a little more effort than just circling the globe and pouting about China's "bullying"....

"Japan PM Abe 'not welcome' by Chinese people, says Beijing"

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ie36GDZsx8iHLiZ-I9OCAZpLfcNw?docId=d8502d59-3c03-4bf2-9496-852f7378ea45

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OssanAmericaJAN. 26, 2014 - 07:20AM JST Well this will get the PLA brass in Beijing steamed. India to the South, as well as Russia to the North, doesn't HATE Japan as China would like.

That is why we call whatever comes out of the PRC mouthpieces Propaganda. It doesn't even come close to the facts and they have to repeat it over and over again. How easily do they think they can brainwash the whole world?

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welcome to India. Hope this visit will develop Indo-Nippon relationship, not only in business but also in area such as culture, education and tourism.

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Seemingly subtle, this indicates a clear alliance of India and Japan against China in a potential coming war. Such public meetings, statements and associations are never anything less than a loud message as to one's intentions. For the two parties to even mention that China is a purpose for such alliance, is perhaps a new chink in the armor of the BRICS economic alliance. It should be interesting to see if and how, China reacts.

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Japan and India have been friends even before India became an Indepedent nation due to Nethaji and Azad India force. Japan was always admired ijn India for its Military prowess and recently technology, cleanliness and the quickness with which it comes out of natural calamities like Earthquakes and Psunami.But Japan was also seen as only running after profits after Suzuki refused to give evenclutch technology to its Indian Maruthi.It is only when South Koreans came it started learning its lesson.Japan has plenty to offer India in its management style, cleanliness and self control.Indira the Elepjhant cub was the toast of 1950s and todaynIndia can teach Japan how to avoid suicide by Yoga and be satisfied with less worldly goods along with its Iron ore.

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rsgz4gg7y2 said: So keep it coming. As long as the money flows, the relationship will be amiable. After all the two countries share so many much in common: language, culture, tradition, costume, cuisine.

The United States has its Pivot to Asia. India has its "Look East" policy.

India's Look East policy represents its efforts to cultivate extensive economic and strategic relations with the nations of Southeast Asia in order to bolster its standing as a regional power and a counterweight to the strategic influence of the People's Republic of China. Initiated in 1991, marked a strategic shift in India's perspective of the world.

It's in India's interest to have as many allies as possible to counter China.

"Japan is at the heart of India's Look East Policy," Singh said after a two-hour meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations. "It is also a key partner in our economic development and in our quest for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Asia and the world."

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...India is a logical alternative to China for Japanese companies. Lower wages, relatively high education levels and the rule of law which Chins notably lacks.

They have advanced laws protecting women from abuse and rape. Japanese females would be absolutely safe living and working in India instead of China.

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They have advanced laws protecting women from abuse and rape. Japanese females would be absolutely safe living and working in India instead of China.

Then why all the outrage in India over the past year about the problems with rape there?

And how much rape is there in China?

This quote just doesn't sound right to me.

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If India and Japan ally with one another, does China ally with Pakistan? This could have a domino effect, if Abe's not to careful. ala enemy of my friend is my enemy. Prepare for a world at war?

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ohayo206JAN. 26, 2014 - 03:56PM JST If India and Japan ally with one another, does China ally with Pakistan?

Do you seriously think they haven't been already? And who has been blocking all western attempts at sanctions against Iran at the U.N to stop their nuclear program? The PRC seems to forget the western world has something called "freedom of press"

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akkk1:

" They have advanced laws protecting women from abuse and rape. Japanese females would be absolutely safe living and working in India instead of China. "

Well, considering the flood of stories about violent rape and things like bride-burning in India, this is one particular argument you might not want to make...

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India is not that dumb to fall into this trap setup by Abe. Yes they want investments and technology transfer from Japan. They will lip service that they will form some sort of so called alliance with Japan to counter China. Why would India need to get into an unnecessary war (with China) that they really have nothing to gain. Post war Germany is a good example for Japan to follow; Japan should officially apologize with sincerity to the countries it victimized in WW2 once and for all. Then the country can be off the WW2 history shackle and move on.

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I don't understand any logic in people bothering about china when India and Japan is trying to improve their ties, cultural, technical or military. China can't be trusted with its military power but Japan and India has never attacked a nation, acquired or asserted its dominance over any sovereign country like China does, Taiwan, South China sea and Tibet are example that shows if allowed Chinese can capture complete Asia. China Pakistan tie is well known for its proliferation of Narms along with long range missiles. There must be some powerful deterrent, Japan or India is not going to attach China they are trying to improve their own capabilities by having close relationship. India has everything that Japan need, a place for investment, cheap labor, land, earth resources, big and growing market. Its also the Land of Buddha. Japanese are respected in India and they are seen as friendly so please go the place where you have respect not a place where people are thirsty for your blood.

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Wow - those camels in the Indian Defense Force parade I just saw on NHK news looked really, umm... menacing.

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India is not that dumb to fall into this trap setup by Abe.

Territorial disputes notwithstanding, India is far too smart to believe the country that helped Pakistan obtain the atom bomb, to primarily destroy India, is itself not a threat to India.

According to Khan, the uranium cargo came with a blueprint for a simple weapon that China had already tested, supplying a virtual do-it-yourself kit that significantly speeded Pakistan's bomb effort. The transfer also started a chain of proliferation ...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/12/AR2009111211060.html

The friend of my enemy is most likely not my friend.

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There is much india can learn from Japan.

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Economically India needs Japan investment and technology. However Japan will not become the major Arms supplier of India. The reason is India has never trusted Japan major ally US.

India still have unpleasant memory of US support for Pakistan during 1971 Indo Paki war. India has never trusted Japan major ally of US intention. Therefore India and Japan joint defense co-operation will never be like India and Russia joint defense co-operation. Russia is the major supplier of Arms for India.

US wanted to contain India before. Of course Time has changed. US may still has some hidden agenda behind Japan.

US supported Pakistan both politically and materially in Indo-Paki war of 1971. It is still the unforgettable moment for India.

http://www.infowars.com/articles/world/nixon_plotted_war_against_india_1971.htm

http://www.rediff.com/news/2006/dec/26claude.htm

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Heynong, time changes. China's current position, a "Threat" at worst and a "Concern" at best is sufficient to bring Russia and Japan to 2+2 talks. Same can be said for India. Your information and resultant views, while accurate 40 years ago is out of place today.

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While Abe’s visit to India may have some psychological affects(feeling good) to his domestic audiences, but on international theater, his right-leaning stance and often corrosive comments won him very few of friends and supporters so far, and there is no evidence, Abe’s shuttle diplomacy would make much difference in medium term.

One might be able to argue that Japan’s diplomatic strategy trumped by so called number one salesman, Abe, is a total failure. Case in point, Abe spent incredible energy and time to woo the nations of ASEAN and tried to assert the Japan’s leadership in the pack to lead an effort to be against “the common threat”, yet reality bit. Another example, Japan tried to use 2 + 2 format to gain Russian backing last year, again it flipped, the Russians did not really give Japan any needed support in terms of countering the Chinese regime at all. On statements issued after Japan and Russian 2 + 2 , Russia showed no back on Japan's requests.)

It won’t hurt for Abe to make attempt to build an alliance from India to Philippine with an aim to isolate Japan’s enemy, however if a war breaks out, it’s highly unlikely those countries will be the credible forces to rescue Japan or speak for Japan.

People may think that Japan’s psychological warfare may weaken and isolate its opponent; the answer would be: don’t hold breath if history provides a clue. The Chinese regime went through all sorts of embargos and confinements put by west from day one. What makes Abe to believe that his attempt could work this time around ? so do the math.

Putting time and efforts to work on peace should be better choice than sowing the hostility

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Hmm, well the fact that India and Japan have a very close relationship at the moment is no surprise. China has an equally close one with Pakistan. I`m sure if the imperial army had successfully invaded India, like they tried to do in 1942, India would be signing a slightly less friendly tune at the moment.

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