November 12, 2012

Japan's Nationalist Turn

Joseph Nye, Project Syndicate

AP Photo

While Chinese rhetoric is overheated, there is certainly a rightward shift in mood in Japan, though it would be difficult to describe it as militaristic. A large group of students at Waseda University recently were polled on their attitudes toward the military. While a significant number expressed a desire for Japan to improve its ability to defend itself, an overwhelming majority rejected the idea of developing nuclear arms and supported continued reliance on the US-Japan Security Treaty. As one young professional told me, “we are interested in conservative nationalism, not militaristic nationalism. No one wants to return to the 1930’s.”

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: China, Shinzo Abe, Yoshihiko Noda, Japan

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

November 8, 2012
Why Japan Still Matters
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
With Japan's lackluster economic growth and seemingly relentless political turmoil, it's easy to think that Tokyo's relevance is falling with no end in sight. But Japan remains a vital part of Asia and it will be a major player... more ››
November 2, 2012
Japan's Foreign Policy Troubles
J. Berkshire Miller, The Diplomat
Faced with a rising China, Russia's 'pivot' to Asia, and challenges with North and South Korea, Japan may need to reboot its Foreign Policy. more ››
October 30, 2012
Forget Europe: Real Debt Crisis in Japan?
Anthony Fensm, The Diplomat
Predictions of the date may differ, but the general consensus on Japan remains the same. In a matter of just three to 10 years, the world’s third-biggest economy may start running out of the savings needed to fund its... more ››
November 9, 2012
Expose Roils Japanese Politics
Todd Crowell, RealClearWorld
It has never been a secret that Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s father was ayakuza, or that his gangster father hailed from a social underclass that has often been discriminated against in past years. Newspaper and... more ››