Yes Sir, PM Abe is absolutely correct. Japan must have Missiles to protect itself and citizens from external adversaries. Japan like all countries in East Asia must not only be dependent on the U.S. for its security. The saying goes “The Almighty helps those who help themselves” .... this is true for Japan. My late Obasan is Japanese & so are my brother-in-law & nephew. Kenji, my nephew and his family lives in Tokyo. Like all Japanese citizens he must protect himself & family from future potential attacks by adversaries. I am familiar with hostilities as I was a mobilised Naval Volunteer Officers who served with the British, Malaysian & Commonwealth Forces in the 1960s. Always be PREPARED or be declared a FOOL.
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Trump has "dotard" tendencies, & like the Emperor Nero of the Old Roman Empire, he is "insane" & will "burn" anyone that irritates him like leaders of the G6 countries including Abe. However, he will eventually be burnt by the US legislature & Muller probing into his guilt & gross misdeeds.
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Very good move. Well Done Japan, China & S Korea. We need friendship & Peace in the region & cultural events are excellent suggestions. AV
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Good move. All ships have the FON including those from JMSDF.
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Excellent move by the US, Japan & South Korea. The region is tense with unscrupulous people. Asia is now the hot spot with belligerents - they will watch the incoming US President.
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The Japanese is noted for its technology, even today - robotics etc. Japan will continue to advance in the hi-tech field and perhaps fighter aircraft cooperating with its ally the US. It's not only the Zero fighters but also the daring pilots that put up robust fights during WW II. The present Japanese Defence Force including its Air Force today is a credible fighting arm to be reckon with. It will protect its homeland from adversaries, especially those who intrude and have diabolical intentions to take over their territories (Senkaku, Okinawa) and their airspace.
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Well Done. The first steps have been taken. Let there be mutual understanding & realistic relationship for the benefit of all 3 countries.
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No point being antagonistic to each other. The 21st Century belongs to our Asia-Pacific Region. Let Economic & Regional Trade & Investments be foremost in the minds of the 3 leaders. All the best for a summit success.
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Japan is in a dilemma. No US forces in Okinawa - No protection from adversaries/enemies like North Korea, especially from possible Nuclear attack by Kim the "Mad Max" Leader of DPRK. What's happening? Politics override the defense of the Japanese people? No more Samurai Spirit?
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Good strategy by PM Abe. The LDP's future is dependent on the economy especially when a good number of Japanese people are against the government's recent amendments in the Constitution regarding security & defense. The TPP though agreed by the nations concerned including Japan, its effective implementation by all the countries is dependent on each country legislature. Good luck!
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Until the deal is completed, signed and approved by the respective national legislatures, NOTHING is certain. More ground work needs to be done for effective implementation. The TPP is actually a complex multi-FTA. This is unlike China's AIIB or the ADB which are "funding" organizations. Good luck and best wishes to the US and the participating nations.
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All the very best to PM Abe for his new 3 arrows. Difficult tasks ahead to revamp Japan's Economy. Let's not be negative in our comments. Give the Prime Minister & his LDP Cabinet colleagues a chance to do what is necessary, as they take major risks for the LDP's political survival next year.
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When the US Marines leave there will be NO re security protection for Okinawa & Japan. Perhaps the "good" governor would seek China's protection then, after all according to Chinese history Okinawa was a tributary state of Imperial China.
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The Japanese people will not regret it, although are there are dissidents in the country, and an external powerful players (China, North Korea & Russia) . Abe is a true Nationalist and is willing to sacrifice popularity for security of Japan & the East Asian region. His efforts will be seen in due course soon, and the people hopefully will appreciate his and the LDP moves for their security.
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This is typical Russian strategy like what the former USSR did to test defenses of NATO. Russian aircraft also entered British airspace this year & had to be chased away the the RAF. Expect more blatant intrusions. Putin wants to test and cause problems for the US & Western countries in Europe & ME, and Japan in East Asia led by their Chinese friends. Look what Putin is doing now in Syria. They are supporting President Abbas who is supported by Iran & possibly Iraq & Egypt. The Russian wants to be influential/control the ME & later Europe. The EU is now weakening with the flood of immigrants - could it be a strategy for Syrian immigrants to "flood" EU, and eventually control it? Very complicating indeed. Japan must remain strong with its allies led by a decisive USA (we hope) in the Far East against adversaries. Better for the Japanese peaceniks be realistic & know what is happening to Europe & of course Far East.
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Security for Japan & its people is of utmost importance against very aggressive neighbors that are threatening. Yes, increase the budget of the JSDF. Japan's Economy and external trade are very much dependent on its Security. If Japan wants to continue being a promising country, then belief in the concept: "Rich Country Strong Military (Fukokei Koyeh)".
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That's "neutral" UN Sec Gen South Korean Kim's stupid kow-towing action. He and S Korean President Park only remember Japanese atrocities during WW II, but forget it was Red China who was totally involved in the Korean War. South Korea would have become a united Communist Country with the North if it was not defended by the United Nation Force. UN Secretary Kim has conveniently forgotten this, and is playing with Korean-China "politics" together with his President Park. They are now siding with BIG Brother China. So foolish and short-sighted, and most observers have lost respect for this 2 leaders. Very sad & disgusting.
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Ungentlemanly to slam ladies. Next, China will slam the Japanese people who do not follow their edicts. BTW, China could be slammed too - it started with HK protestors, their own unhappy and detained citizens; and recently it appears that a good number of Taiwanese now realize it is now "1 Country, 1 controlled system" if and when unification comes. That's a fact (as recently shown in HK). This cannot be denied even with the constant propaganda by the Chinese Communist Party. Free the social media if China dares & stop making excuses & try to hoodwink others.
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Yes, ASEAN with a total of 500 million + is an attractive market for more Japanese products and Japan investments. This is a good move to deflect China's influence (except Cambodia and maybe Laos) with the other 8 Asean countries.
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This President Park don't really know who her friends are. She has made so many mistakes in recent years, and is definitely a very WEAK President. Now that North Korea the "bulldog" of China is giving so much trouble to South Korea, is her memory that poor? Who supported North Korea to invade the South during the Korean War? China wasn't it? This President Park wants to kowtow to imperial Communist China. If she does that ,South Korea will have no real friends to protect her. Perhaps she is kowtowing to China so that economically & security she wants to make the Chinese her with financial and defence /security mentor. Let the people of South Korea decide, and if need be get/elect a new President that knows the country's regional geostrategic interests well. If this President Park attends the end of WW II Communist Parade together with Putin and North Korea's Kim or his representative, be rest assured she would have brought her country into the adversary's camp.
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No surprise at all. China is the "master" of falsifying history. The Communists forgot that the KMT was in the forefront during the fight in WW II. Mao was quoted to have said that the Japanese invasion of China gave the opportunity for the Commies to consolidate their power and defeat the KMT forces, after WW II ended. The only way for the 80 million China Communist Party members to control 1.3 billion Chinese population is thru' deceit, unreasonable censorship of the media (social network), and thumb down their own citizens' descent. More lies or coloured Chinese "history" can be seen re: South China Sea & East China Sea (Sengkaku Islands). The antagonism against the Japanese people with TV documentary repeats of WW II began in 2000. This is aimed at conditioning and encouraging their younger generation to hate Japan. Real Sad as the Communists Leader & his cohorts will in time face the music by their own people - They can fool people some of the time, but NEVER all the time.
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Maybe China also needs reminding about the Korean War. Didn't the Chinese helped Kim Il Song and his North Koreans to commit blatant aggression against the South Koreans? Look what has happen now to their fierce bull dog North Korea, and its cruel and aggressive actions? Didn't a few Chinese Generals initially threatened to nuclear bomb Tokyo during the Senkaku/Diaoyu spats, when the Government bought over the islands from the Japanese owner? Also, how did North Korea get the delivery systems for their nuclear-tipped missiles that now threatens to obliterate Japanese Cities & even American ones too? These are REALITIES that the Japanese people and free loving people MUST know . Who are the potential threats and WHY PM Abe is upgrading the security part of the Constitution to protect Japan and its allies in the Region. Look at China & North Korean websites and note constructive criticisms are "blocked off/censored" unlike this one.
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Expected responses from China & S Korea. Japan & the Japanese people must stay strong economically, security & stay a United people. If there are cracks in a Democratic Japan, there will be disastrous consequences. Like in other democratic countries in Asia, the people will vote for good or mediocre leaders. The choice is always ours unlike Autocratic countries.
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There were apologies made by 2 previous Japanese PMs, and PM Abe quoted and repeated Japan's WW II aggression and remorse in his speech. An excellent point in Abe's speech was that present and future generations of Japanese MUST not be expected to continuously apologize for WW II, as majority were not born then, and neither were young Japanese responsible for the WW II aggression. Seriously consider what Japan had, and continue to do for Asia for Investments, Trade, Productivity Training (during the 1980s & 1990s) etc. Now what had China done in the Past? China's Communist Party promoted Revolutions by supporting S E Asian Communist Parties to topple their indigenous Governments (1947-early 1970s); until the respected Deng Xiaoping came to power and launched China's Economic reforms. Does this mean that China should apologise for the support of the Southeast Asian Communist rebels? China did not! What about apologies for the injustices and killing of their own Chinese people during the Mao's Great Leap Forward & Cultural Revolution? Also the 1989 Tiananmen tumultuous debacle against their own Chinese students? Where were Chinese apologies? China will say that's our "bloody" business. China should now not stir trouble by flexing its military/naval muscles, but try its best live peacefully with its neighbours in East Asia and South Asia.
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What else do people in Japan and the region expect from PM Abe? Besides apologizing, do they expect him to go on his bended knees & kow-tow? Enough is enough. WW II was fought by the fore-fathers of the present Japanese people. The new generation of Japanese are NOT responsible for past atrocities that were committed, and neither should history of that War be wrongly interpreted. If we are going to start damning those responsible for wars/hostilities, then Red China can also be considered a villain as it supported North Korea in the Korean War. Thank goodness for the Americans and the UN Forces that saved Democratic South Korea from the aggressive Communists (North Korea still is). There are several more examples, BUT let's not overplay these issues. Japan is now facing potential Chinese aggression in the East China Sea, and Abe did right by recently moving changes in the Japanese Constitution re: Defence. Politics & Emotionalism aside, Peace, Harmony, Security and Progress must be the priorities of Japan. Be brave and noble Samurais & never be afraid or subservient to anyone.
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PM Abe is a master politician, and I believe he knows what to say.
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Don't bother what the China's mouthpiece has commented. Japan MUST be prepared for China's hostile acts and continue to build up a strong Japanese defence force, and be aligned with the US and other military forces including Australia, Philippines & perhaps Vietnam.
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Good move by Japan. Help the Philippines to protect themselves.
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