Economically trying to get back to Asian roots o This is not to suggest that they are severing ties with USA or team west o Still a very big USA ally o Solid player in team west o They are vying for regional leadership again o In 6 party talks they are reinforcing USA and team west perspective o Japan will continue to be a USA ally and supporter of USA foreign policy Iraq Afghanistan This will not change much USA proposing that japan joins permanent counsel of UN Self defense force They cant preemptive strike - Lets think that north korea decides to point a missle at japan o Constitutionally japan cannot do anything until the missle has been sent Still under USA umbrella They still house 10s of thousands of USA military troops - Yes there has been major debate but overall the vast majority of Japanese people don’t want to get rid of USA troops o They realize the north korea is crazy o Even though japan is still a staunch member of team west and rebuilding ties with china and south korea o There has been talk about building an Asian democratic club o Australia and Indonesia and Taiwan o Why would USA want this? Growing china and growing Chinese influence Democratic access of asia
Not to eliminate Chinese influence but can keep team west in play Checking Chinese growth Crystalizes in the Japanese Self Defense force USA wants japan to scrap the offensive thing USA wants tangible and real Japanese support around the world Hey japan we helped build you back up, you need to step it up Have a capability and start using it - UN permanent security counsel o One condition: they need to scrap the constitutional ban o This would make china extrememly intense o Chinese would scream and rant and rage about japan remilitarizing o There is a balance that japan is now undergoing o Obviously economically and politically they need to reinvent themselves o They could scrap the ban but htat would piss off Chinese who they want to trade with o That might alienate USA their buddy and protector o It hinges on them being a balancing act - We are leaning a bit more towards asia at the expense of American influence - We shall see how they handle things in the future Video 10: conclusion - We have seen the roller coaster ride of Japanese history - We have also seen the highs and lows of japan - Meiji restoration - Crash and subsequate destruction in world war 2 - While they are in a slump right now still highest standards of living - Highest longevity rate - Second highest GDP rate on the planet - Economic and political power will rise again - Tricky position they are in o With uncle sam and team west as a whole o While re negotiating themselves back into the Asian hood
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- Spring '08
- japan, self defense force