I agree with ben4short 100%. We are now in the 21st century! Long gone are the days when some regions/nations were curved as protectrates during the colonial period of the 18th and 19th centuries! There is no nation in this world that would want to depend on another nation for its security/defence. Where is the independence and where is the pride??? Independence means to be able to run your own affairs as you see fit and above all, to be able to defend your selves seccessfully against any external aggresor. How can you achieve this without a strong military (navy, airforce, army,etc.) and you are an island surrounded by hostile nations who are itching to revenge over wars that took place early in the 20th century? Japan should not be lumped together with third world countries and be told what to do and what not to do and it should not accept that. What is the fear? This is the 21st century!!!
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