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Japan wary as U.S., Europe up sanctions on Russia

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By ELAINE KURTENBACH

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"We are watching the situation of the EU and U.S.,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a regular briefing. “Working with the international community is our stance regarding Ukraine, so we would like to take appropriate measures in line with that attitude.”

If Japan would distance itself from the US led coalition against Russia’s aggression in Ukrainian theater now, the long term implication could be costly to Japan for year to come. For starter, Washington may have to re-evaluate its strategic relation with Japan.

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If Japan would distance itself from the US led coalition against Russia's aggression in Ukranian theater now

There is no "Russian aggression in Ukranian theater now".

For starter, Washington may have to re-evaluate its strategic relation with Japan.

So what ? Are you trying to scare Japanese ? Please, tone it down. People of Japan aren't servants of US leadership.

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This will only get worse, especially if the "Russian rebels" in E Ukraine are proved to have shot down the Malaysian airliner with weapons supplied to them by Russia.

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Japan should act decisively along with US and Europe.

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It’s complicated.

Just got a whole lot simpler.

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Laguna

Just got a whole lot simpler.

No kidding- with the downig of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, sanctions no longer should be a matter of debate

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This will only get worse, especially if the "Russian rebels" in E Ukraine are proved to have shot down the Malaysian airliner with weapons supplied to them by Russia.

@Wakarimasen

It seems like you are ahead of the curve!

http://news.yahoo.com/rebel-suggests-insurgents-shot-down-malaysia-plane-mistake-174750060.html

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So what ? Are you trying to scare Japanese ? Please, tone it down. People of Japan aren't servants of US leadership.

Sidekick, It’s well-understood that Japan is caught between a rock and a hard place in terms of its desire to maintain a good relation with Russia given it’s bitter rivalry position with China in Asia pacific region. But by any definitions, giving a cold shoulder to its most supportive Ally – the US may not be a good play. Japan’s shortsightedness could further erode American public’s confidence on Japan and thus effect Whitehouse’s Japan policy.

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Search for flight termination system where an airplane can be remotely taken over by ATC or AWACS, like it happened to the Malaysian Airlines flight that "disappeared". Putin should stop talks with Japan about the Southern Kuriles. That will sober them up.

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Rapprochement with the current Russian administration is totally unrealistic. Simply said: Moscow (Putin) can not be trusted. Abe may be unpopular in certain circles, but Putin is a straight faced liar who polished his skills during his KGB years. Japan has no choice but to support US policies.

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Of cause Japan worry: Collective Defence idea. Now Japan faces to send JSDF and spends tons of money to help friendly nations instead of exporting weapons to make money.

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Why "wary"? What has Russia done for Japan in the last 70 years? What, it's okay to be unnecessarily belligerent about rocks in the ocean and a not-so-subtle constitutional change, but hesitant to back sanctions against the worst government Russia has had since Stalin? It's a shame that Russia has its gas and oil reserves. Without them it would have faded into the obscurity it so deserves.

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Abe amends constitution in part to take on more responsibilities in the UN but now he is scared to anger the Russians?

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Why "wary"? What has Russia done for Japan in the last 70 years?

For the last 70 years Russia is a stable trading partner for Japan. Russia provides oil and gas for japanese customers despite various political obstacles from US side. By comparison, what have you done for Japan in a small period of your life? Nothing.

..against worst government Russia has had since Stalin?

LOL. "Worst government", you said? Because Russian government rises independent opinion in the US-centric political world? Dude, this is BEST government, not worst.

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It would be wise if Japan had a warm relationship with Russia, because it would ease the tension with China and it would be better, if Japan would be a independent voice.

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Japan’s shortsightedness could further erode American public’s confidence on Japan and thus effect Whitehouse’s Japan policy.

Aside from the fact that shortsightedness is the hallmark of US foreign policy, not Japanese foreign policy, the American public has very little awareness of Japan or Japan's foreign policy.

In any event, Japan should do what every country should do: Analyze the situation thoroughly, determine as best as possible what course of action is in its best long-term interests, and then follow that course of action. If it is not possible to decide yet what course of action should be followed to advance its long-term interests, delay making a commitment as long as possible.

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can we be a little more stupid?

To be the ally of the USA, you have to confront with Russia just as the USA did. And for the territory issue, Russia and Japan have greater area. And by following the USA, there will be less hope to resolve the disputes.

From all aspects which happened recent years, Japan definitely lost the war. And what the USA did and is doing are just get the situation worse.

The USA is not a reliable ally! By dropping the A-bomb, by destroy the monetary system of Japan, by monitoring the allies.......

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