July 5, 2012

Militarizing Japan Frightens Allies

Donald Kirk, Korea Times

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Since the end of World War II, the U.S. has managed to hold revanchist Japanese military aims in check while the Japanese pursued economic success. The rise of China, however, poses a threat that Japanese militarists believe requires a response. Would a military build-up be what’s needed to jumpstart the stagnating Japanese economy? South Korea and Japan might share a common cause considering China’s support for North Korea and the North’s hostile attitude toward the South. The United States supports both South Korea and Japan in military alliances that would seem to guarantee trilateral cooperation. So, why not support a super-alliance binding all three against North Korea and China?

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