April 12, 2012

As U.S. Fades, Japan's Military Stepping Up

Yong Kwon, Asia Times

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Japan eschewed its doctrine against coercive foreign policy in warning that it was readying surface-to-air missiles for North Korea's imminent rocket launch. The assertive call indicates that Tokyo is preparing a more bullish stance as it can no longer count on the United States to leap to its defense. If global conditions hold out, Japan may very well return to an active military and diplomatic presence.

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