politics

U.S. influence in Pacific wanes; Japan considered 'smart power' by think tank

55 Comments

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© KYODO

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.

55 Comments
Login to comment

Direct result of Trump's idiotic America First.

18 ( +35 / -17 )

Donald J "consequences of a failure in global leadership" Trump. Should be tried for treason after being pried out of the WH.

16 ( +29 / -13 )

"quintessential smart power" what does that even mean? fax machines?

I don't think that think tank has ever lived in Japan

24 ( +32 / -8 )

"The United States has lost a considerable degree of influence in the Indo-Pacific region due to its domestic and international handling of the coronavirus pandemic"

The so called experts once again referencing out dated data that has no bearing on current data today. I would agree with the assessment a few years ago, during the Obama administration who allowed the globalism growth of China only to find out directly of what a mistake that was on on a global scale. Seems mass media has forgotten where this COVID pandemic came from? hmmm. The one-sided trade deals with China not only from the US perspective but other countries are the root cause, in others words putting all the eggs in one basket has proven costly all the way around as the rise in China on the forefront is actually a decline in the world front and proven a disaster to many companies around the world. Many in current data have turned away from China and gone to other countries instead. What growth in stats one sees is actually old deals that were made years ago and still being honored as it takes time for real data to catch up. The US is strong more than what the so called experts realize.

-12 ( +14 / -26 )

U. S. needs to present a more sincere and honest image which welcomes other peoples of different background and cultures, not just in the Pacific but in other areas of the World also . . . and, if only on a limited scale, be of a more understanding of different cultures and peoples, which US can offer services and products to.

13 ( +15 / -2 )

I would take it with a grain of salt, more of a one man's opinion piece (probably based on nothing more than his taste in ethnic foods). Thailand higher than Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam? LOL....

Surely based on USA and China retreating to a national rather than international stage (ie they are NOT interested in international power) means they shouldn't be at the top. Japan, UK on the other hand are upping their international engagements, yet rank below Russia.

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

The United States has lost a considerable degree of influence in the Indo-Pacific region due to its domestic and international handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an assessment released by an Australian think tank on Monday.

Oh hell, quit with being PC and be straight about it..... it's due to one person, TRUMP.

8 ( +17 / -9 )

Lowy institute? Hardly a neutral “think tank”

2 ( +8 / -6 )

Having no nuclear capabilities to counter China’s, Japan is in no position to fill the power vacuum left by declining US influence in the region.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Trump doesn't understand the US (was) the international checks and balances country. He thinks like a real estate agent, my land is better than yours, I don't care what you do as long as it doesn't affect me.

14 ( +17 / -3 )

Japan’s strong influence is due to Japan Inc’s massive domination of many business sectors in Asia.

White goods, transport and consumer goods are dominated by Japanese companies to a very large extent in production and consumption, in Asia.

For me, it is disconcerting to marry the massive disconnect of how the average Japanese faces an increasingly impoverished lifestyle whilst noting the millions of Japanese cars and air conditioners etc sold by Japanese companies in Asia.

13 ( +16 / -3 )

For those blaming, Trump, reputation doesn't drop suddenly . The current view comes a few years after the US took much bigger hits after George Bush launched endless, pointless yet extremely costly wars and then after Obama got the US military involved in more conflicts around the world than at any time in US history.

Much of the region, like Vietnam and the Philippines and Hong Kong, are very happy with Washington's newly harsh stance toward Beijing.

8 ( +14 / -6 )

Much to my chagrin, I can't blame the fall of American influence and economy on Trump. The toxic two party system deserves the lion share of the blame. Whether you are Democrat or Republican, the parties inability to work together or put their self-serving agendas aside has cost the American people and economy far more than any president could. Presidents push party agendas and parties have to agree whether those agendas meet their purposes. Very little of what the parties do are for the people they are elected to govern.

13 ( +18 / -5 )

Rest assured, four more years of trump and trumpism and you can bet that gap with China will significantly decrease or in all probability we'll be talking about the gap between first place China and second place U.S.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

For the desperate Trump apologists the decline in the US reputation was related to the inept handling of the pandemic this year by Trump, not what happened in the Obama and Bush Junior administration. The massive failure of the number one economy and military in the world to manage the virus is the clear and undeniable responsibility of the current administration, starting with the initial denial that the virus was serious to the public (at the same time he told Woodward that the virus was very, very dangerous). Or that the virus was a political hoax.

The world notices the endless lies of the Trump administration even if his deluded apologists attempt to hide from them. And the world notices a failed state which the USA clearly is right now under Trump.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

The rot started with Bush. The very suspicious 9/11 caper and insane and very costly "wars." Trump just continued it. Maybe the US needs another civil war.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

@ JeffLee-

Much of the region, like Vietnam and the Philippines and Hong Kong, are very happy with Washington's newly harsh stance toward Beijing.

The HK administration are simply Commie puppets, and certainly anti-USA. The freedom loving protesters there on the other hand would welcome an expanding USA in the region, along with all other freedom-loving nations.

Based on current trends, China is forecast to close the "power gap" with the United States by the end of the decade.

I dasagree with this Think Tank. Commie China will have enough trouble controlling internal unrest in the near future, as well as a failing economy due to dwindling exports. Countries are simply turning their backs on China.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

The United States has lost a considerable degree of influence in the Indo-Pacific region due to its domestic and international handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an assessment released by an Australian think tank on Monday.

How is China's reputation after starting the coronavirus? And with all due respect, I would put battle hardened and experienced Russians above Chinese troops, and maybe a few other countries.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Commie China will have enough trouble controlling internal unrest in the near future, as well as a failing economy due to dwindling exports. Countries are simply turning their backs on China.

Please name just a few countries that have turned their backs on chinese or made in China goods. Has DT moved production of his Maga goods to the U.S?

8 ( +9 / -1 )

"Maybe the US needs another civil war". ....My thoughts exactly, Bertie Wooster!

4 ( +6 / -2 )

There is a civil war in the US right now but the weapon is information and the means are largely peaceful. How about China?

0 ( +2 / -2 )

'smart power'? Looking at Abe and Suga, I think not. But if it's relative to Trump, well, maybe. He doesn't want people to use the word 'smart' with him.

reckless:

How is China's reputation after starting the coronavirus?

Well, let's see. People in Wuhan are out enjoying themselves. Hospitals built in record time. No surge in cases for the past few months. How's it going in Trumpland? No, I'm not a fan of the CCP. But I'm giving my observations.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

A restriction on foreigners traveling from mainland China took effect on Feb. 2, 2020, but thousands of Chinese and foreign nationals from Hong Kong and Macau entered the U.S. in the three months following. Thousands of Americans and foreigners still arrived in the U.S. on direct flights from China after the restrictions were imposed. But the opposing party called him xenophobic and insulted him.

If he did not do that the health person did say we would have had much more deaths.

It’s election time.

Sad part is I do not think every leader in the world is trying to do their best. People are just stubborn and have their own minds exercising their rights in the entire world which is why it is surging. Rather than cooperating to take all measures to prevent the virus spread.

Even Europe now is surging with cases. Even the best people thought now has triple cases.

The world is sharing their discoveries on how to address this pandemic. And each solution is different from someone else.

It is easy to point fingers especially during election time.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

However, the report forecast Tokyo will take most of the decade to recover economically from the pandemic.

Poppycock. As long as we are governed by the Nippon Kaigi ruled LDP, we will never recover and join the ranks of Vietnam and Malaysia.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

The United States has lost a considerable degree of influence in the Indo-Pacific region due to its domestic and international handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an assessment released by an Australian think tank on Monday.

The pandemic is not the sole reason for its decline. The US has for years been scoring own goals to help make China great again. China aside, the most disappointing to Japan is its failing handling of the North's nuclear threat.

Lowy's original report is more visible and interesting. According to it, the biggest gainers are Vietnam, Australia and Taiwan. Despite "Indo-Pacific" category, several key countries such as Canada are not on the list.

https://power.lowyinstitute.org/

0 ( +2 / -2 )

A “smart” power?

Any example would be helpful, in respect to what constitutes the values and/political economic virtues of being bestowed the accolated of “smart” power status?

Its frankly gibberish.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

What will U.S. get committing in Asia-Pacific? Waning influences of U.S. in Asia-Pacific is a natural result.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

MullerToday 07:38 am JST

Lowy institute? Hardly a neutral “think tank”

Founded and owned by Frank Lowy, former Haganah terrorist and best friend of Bibi Netanyahu, billionaire shopping mall magnate, knighted by Boris Johnson in 2017. Right-wing, neo-liberal, neo-con, pro-US, Zionist, pro-nuclear blah blah blah.

Meanwhile, in the real world, the US continues its aggressive show-of-force policies in the Pacific and South China seas. Needless to say, US arms manufacturers are making billions, flogging their junk to Taiwan et al.

For anyone interested in reading something other than propaganda, here's a great overview by Ann Wright, the former US Army colonel and diplomat:

https://consortiumnews.com/2020/10/16/danger-in-the-south-china-sea/

4 ( +6 / -2 )

The USA needs to focus on itself for awhile and sort out their internal mess of a country.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Well, let's see - since 2017;

The US has lost significant influence in Europe....

Now we see from this article the US losing influence in Asia....

And who benefits from this lose of IS influence?

Oh, two of Trump's business partners; Putin and Xi....

Now it all makes sense...

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

No country with any sense should trust either the US or China to do anything other than act in their own short-term interests.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Kumagaijin, Well here we go.

https://power.lowyinstitute.org/

Best humbly to start with the methodology, or mythology. Or you will still there eating your Christmas dinner.

Lowy have invested significant time and expense on presentation.

However without any real purpose to a conclusion.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

With many hundreds of millions killed worldwide thank to US aggressive policy towards their "enemies"/Afghanistan.Iraq,Liby,aSyria as latest examples/I would like to say that time when one "world policeman" had influence to change regimes in many countries according to their "democratic standard" is well over.

Welcome to multipolar world.US amrmy back home,leave Japan to japaneseand take care abt safety and security of your own country situated at brink of civil war...

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Good.

There is no need for any one "global leader". American or Chinese hegemony does not help the region.

The HK administration are simply Commie puppets, and certainly anti-USA.

Lam and co. are certainly pro-Beijing, which has led to HK losing democracy overnight. However, neither are communist. Authoritarian, certainly in the case of China.

Commie China will have enough trouble controlling internal unrest in the near future, as well as a failing economy due to dwindling exports. Countries are simply turning their backs on China.

There's little doubt that authoritarian China will experience more internal unrest in the future - especially with the horrific ethnic cleansing taking place with the Uighurs. I don't see any slowing down of trade and export with China - perhaps you have some information to back this up? Am all in favour of boycotting Chinese produce but it can be very difficult to do - so many products require parts from China.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Influence is a strange beast. It can be positive or negative. This research does not distinguish between the two.

I would say that much of the influence China and Russia have is either negative or coercive. The US probably has a mixture as well depending on what nation it is dealing with. Countries that are smaller or not as powerful like Japan and Australia do not exert coercive influence. if that was factored into the study I am sure that many Nations would have a different position. Japan could well end up on top.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

"its handling of the pandemic" This is incorrect phrasing. The US (i.e. Trump) did not handle the pandemic.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

First of all, define your terms. In particular, what is this mysterious thing called "influence" which you toss around so casually?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

"Direct result of Trump's idiotic America First."

Read pretty much all countries foreigner laws. Generally, most countries have more nationalistic laws that protect their own citizens and are more restrictive to foreigners which is understandable. Countries should protect their own citizens over foreigners, however, when Trump does it he is not good. In fact, the US accepts more legal immigrants/year by an enormous landslide. Over 1 million legal immigrants and that is not included all the illegal immigrants come to stay. On top of that, the US has the most liberal laws for foreigners than most countries.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

U.S. influence in Pacific wanes; Japan considered 'smart power' by think tank

Definetly by choice. America is focusing on other areas.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

America is focusing on other areas.

Yes, like outer space.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Your Trump bashing aside, as it is already psychotic and probably cannot be cured, but you should think about the sequence in time. First, America has to recover itself , yes, by that America first campaign that you hate so much, then it can regain reputation and fill power vacuums, also in this region. There is no option for the opposite sequence. What can all the other countries and allies do during this period? Exactly, the same, trying to recover and regain strength in their own country and surrounding region by becoming Japan first, UK first, France first, Germany first, Australia first and so on, you name it...

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

When the U.S dumps Trump, we'll shoot back up the rankings but actually I don't care too much what one think tank says.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Hahaha! Smart power. I have had PHD graduates and Japanese doctoral students from Kyushu University #4 in the nation that did not know how to EDIT and PROOF their English essays that they turned in for their job application / interview at my university. Some 26 errors, horrible academic writing, and one individual (who actually had worked as a part-timer at my university) even got the name of the university wrong! A previous Kyushu University graduate also misspelled my university's name wrong. I have a part-time university position at a private university near here, and 40%-50% of these students are so LAZY that they can not even turn in their EASY homework. The academic level for passing here, even at my national university, is 60% where as abroad, it is 69% and no one ever gets that score. Too shameful. I had one Chinese exchange student inquire about my advanced English course some 15 years ago, and he said, "Nah, we did this stuff in junior high school!" My own son, who was selected to enter Kyushu International University High School's "Nankan" (a position for those top 28 students from the city of Kitakyushu) realized that Japanese university education is a joke, and is just an extension of high school. Even though he was able to pass Tokyo Foreign Studies University, he passed it up and entered Washington State, which accepted him as an ordinary student. There he found he was BEHIND other students who had taken computer science courses since junior high school! And Japan thinks, actually, thinks it is going to compete on the global scale against China or the US. GOOD JOKE!!

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Good. The more troubled America is, the better for the world.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Good. The more troubled America is, the better for the world.

well yeah. If you're a socialist..

Back to reality, we'll see whose power is waning and who has "smart power" when China does its saber rattling.

Hint, it won't be the safety umbrella that Japan provides.

This risable "think tank" is clearly just another bunch of left-wing activists who have let their hatred of President Trump humiliate themselves.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

"he passed it up and entered Washington State, which accepted him as an ordinary student. There he found he was BEHIND other students who had taken computer science courses since junior high school"

Lemme see (latest available stats):

"PISA 2018 – Average Score of Mathematics, Science and Reading:"

6. Japan - Score: 520.0

25. United States - Score: 495.0

"https://factsmaps.com/pisa-2018-worldwide-ranking-average-score-of-mathematics-science-reading/"

"International Comparison of Math, Reading, and Science Skills Among 15-Year-Olds"

Alota jokers on this site.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

sf2k

I think you have never gone to Southeast Asian countries.

TheTRat

I think they didn't want to enter your university.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

TheRat

Sorry, I made mistake about your name, however, If we have strong sincerity, I think we don't make such careless mistake.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

So when Joe Biden becomes president does this poll rise 10% MORE? Polls mean nothing!!!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Good. The more troubled America is, the better for the world.

Do you even realize what you are saying?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

There he found he was BEHIND other students who had taken computer science courses since junior high school! 

The university level of education here is not very high. Large lectures don’t have discussion sections with graduate students or Teaching Assistants leading discussions; just an old guy droning into a mic and long lines at the copying machine during finals week for past test questions that is a twenty question multiple choice final regurgitest.

Based on my two daughters’ experience, impressive work I found were the science projects - creative, detailed, and relevant - in elementary and junior high schools that would be brilliant in any country.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

No ASIAN countries need USA any more.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Good. The more troubled America is, the better for the world.

Do you even realize what you are saying?

In the short term the first statement is incorrect. The negative effects of the destabilization of America are rippling throughout the world. This is only good for authoritarian nations.

But that is exactly the reason why we should push through this short term pain and decouple the world politically and economically from the USA.

The election of Ardern in New Zealand, the re-election of Trudeau in Canada, and the decade plus leadership of Merkel in Germany are all examples that the people of democratic nations of the world want competent, caring leaders. Leaders who take care of the economic and emotional needs of their populace. Leaders whose primary goal is improving the lives of their people, over maintaining and furthering their own political and economical power.

America has long been running rampant in the world, and we’ve all sort of tolerated this as it’s suited our own needs. Just recently the world excused America for their disaster of the Iraq invasion by never placing any sanctions, nor indeed any consequence at all, upon America for invading a sovereign nation that was in compliance, based on lies and misinformation. Our economies are tied to theirs and so we grumbled, but we left it at that.

Donald Trump is the most egregious example of the Ugly American the world has ever seen. But his election has exposed the weakness of coupling the world politically and economically to America. Each time they elect a populist troll like him as leader - and don’t think it won’t happen again, maybe in a few weeks - it has negative consequences to the rest of us who do not get a say in their president or laws. It’s irresponsible of our governments to maintain the status quo whereby we will all be affected every time another Trump or Bush arises in the future.

Just as a junky should push through the pain of withdrawal, in order to move past an unhealthy dependence on a drug, so must other countries push through the economic discomfort of decoupling from America, by forming other political and economic unions, in order to get past the unhealthy economic and political dependence upon America.

When America figures out their mess in the future (and i think the world really hopes they do), they can be a player at the table with the rest of us. But enough of this Joffrey ruling down upon us.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

The so called experts once again referencing out dated data that has no bearing on current data today. I would agree with the assessment a few years ago, during the Obama administration who allowed the globalism growth of China only to find out directly of what a mistake that was on on a global scale. Seems mass media has forgotten where this COVID pandemic came from? hmmm. The one-sided trade deals with China not only from the US perspective but other countries are the root cause, in others words putting all the eggs in one basket has proven costly all the way around as the rise in China on the forefront is actually a decline in the world front and proven a disaster to many companies around the world. Many in current data have turned away from China and gone to other countries instead. What growth in stats one sees is actually old deals that were made years ago and still being honored as it takes time for real data to catch up. The US is strong more than what the so called experts realize.

Lol. Open your eyes. The US is widely reviled today, moreso than ever in its history, and is viewed with pity, not respect. Other nations used to admire the US. Now they avert their eyes. And it is chest thumpers like you that have brought the nation down.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Read pretty much all countries foreigner laws. Generally, most countries have more nationalistic laws that protect their own citizens and are more restrictive to foreigners which is understandable. Countries should protect their own citizens over foreigners, however, when Trump does it he is not good. In fact, the US accepts more legal immigrants/year by an enormous landslide. Over 1 million legal immigrants and that is not included all the illegal immigrants come to stay. On top of that, the US has the most liberal laws for foreigners than most countries.

Anyone who has studied economics knows that all tariffs accomplish is to raise prices, reduce output and are a deadweight loss to the economy. They reward inefficiency and laziness in the protected industries. There is nothing good about tariffs. Nothing.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites