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Is Japan Planning to Create an Anti-China "Asian NATO"?

China has an aircraft carrier -- and it's making the neighbors nervous.

Across Southeast Asia today, plans are afoot from Taiwan to South Korea, and from Australia to the Philippines to Japan, to boost military spending to counterbalance an increasingly bellicose Chinese navy. Now, it seems that one of these countries, Japan, is ready to step to the fore and lead an alliance.

How did it come to this, and what does it all mean to investors?

China's famous "nine-dash line," which claims as China's exclusive province nearly all of the South China Sea. Boxed areas indicate areas of ongoing conflict with Vietnam and the Philippines. Illustration: Wikimedia Commons.

The background
For the past few weeks, a mixed fleet of Chinese warships and commercial fishing vessels have been skirmishing with local Vietnamese boats in the South China Sea, battling for position around an oil rig that CNOOC (NYSE: CEO  ) has set up within Vietnam's exclusive economic zone. Last week, this dispute escalated when a Chinese vessel rammed, and sank, a Vietnamese fishing boat. (The sailors were rescued by other Vietnamese fishing boats nearby, but the incident escalated hostilities nonetheless.)

Not far away, off the coast of the Philippines, Chinese warships are threatening civilian fishing boats, and blockading a Filipino outpost on a local reef, refusing Philippines' ships access to resupply their troops. And to the north, tempers continue to flare over China's unilateral declaration of an "air defense identification zone" encompassing most of the East China Sea -- including territory claimed by South Korea and Japan.

As stories like these proliferate, naval analysts at AMI International predict that nations neighboring China will invest some $200 billion in buying over 1,000 new submarines, small surface combatants, and aircraft carriers to beef up their militaries over the next 20 years -- making the region the world's second-biggest market for military warships, after the United States. There's even talk of seeing these nations band together to "contain" Chinese influence.

And Japan wants to lead in this effort.

Rising sun
Last month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a "reinterpretation" of Article 9 of Japan's post-WWII Constitution. This article contains Japan's famous renunciation of "the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes." It's the one that -- read literally -- bans the country from even having a military consisting of "land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential." But it's also the one that poses the greatest obstacle to Japan's leading of a coalition of countries opposed to China's bullying in the region.

While stopping short of actually rewriting the constitution, Prime Minister Abe wants to read this article in the context of the United Nations Charter. Article 51 of the charter specifically permits countries to act in "individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations." And Abe wants to claim that right for Japan, in spite of the wording of its own constitution.

What it means to investors
The Washington Post explains the import of this move: "By allowing for collective self-defense, Japan ... would be allowed, for instance, to help a U.S. vessel under attack on the high seas." Japan could similarly send its military forces to aid other allied nations under attack that request Japanese assistance. But two things are probably necessary to make this happen -- and herein lies the opportunity for investors.

First, and most obviously, if Japan wants to be able to aid its neighbors in distress, it needs a military capable of undertaking such missions. So while Japan's self-defense forces are already quite capable, the nation must take steps to make them even more so.

Last year, the Abe administration announced plans to invest $240 billion (not a typo -- that's nearly a quarter-trillion dollars in defense spending) to beef up its military. On the shopping list are P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft from Boeing (NYSE: BA  ) , surveillance drones such as Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC  ) produces, and V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from Textron (NYSE: TXT  ) -- tailor-made to operate off the decks of Japan's new fleet of helicopter destroyers.

What else it means to investors
More broadly, though, investors need to consider the potential follow-on effects from Japan's new engagement with its neighbors.

From a practical perspective, alliances work best when the members operate similar weapons systems. This aids both in cooperation on military exercises and, at an even more basic level, makes it easier for the weapons to "talk" to each other to prevent friendly fire incidents. This is why, for example, whenever the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency goes to Congress seeking authorization to sell a weapons system to a NATO ally, it makes sure to point out the advantages of making the sale to ensure "U.S. and NATO interoperability."

Should Japan proceed with its reinterpretation of Article 9, and should its neighbors begin to rely upon Japan's assurances that it will aid in collective self-defense, the logical result would be that allied nations would begin to mirror weapons purchases that the Japan Self-Defense Force makes. Thus, once a U.S. defense contractor succeeds in getting its weapons system into the Japanese arsenal, it would win some measure of protection from competition (from competing, analogous weapons manufactured in Europe, Russia, or, of course, China itself) when bidding to sell the same weapons system to Japan's Asian-Pacific allies.

Result: The more bellicose China's actions in the South China Sea, the better the news for U.S. defense companies.

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  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 12:28 PM, BootnyFarnsworth wrote:

    The steps being taken all over the world are very similar to the steps taken before the last world war. Alliances made for financial strength in preparation for wartime expenses. The world is close to a pivotal point in mankind's evolution.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 12:46 PM, np6888 wrote:

    No, but you can't keep bringing up the past when many people are uncivilized. Right now, the Chinese "choose" to be uncivilized despite all the communications and diplomatic efforts.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 12:49 PM, luckyagain wrote:

    "Is Japan Planning to Create an Anti-China "Asian NATO"?"

    China may have started an arms race in Southeast Asia. The prosperity of the last 30 years could be tossed aside by war fever. It would truly be a terrible thing for everyone in Southeast Asia. All of this for the possibility of oil in the South China Sea. Oil truly makes country go crazy, just look at the Middle East oil countries and their actions.

    Truly sad.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 1:03 PM, luckyagain wrote:

    "Is Japan Planning to Create an Anti-China "Asian NATO"?"

    China may have started an arms race in Southeast Asia. The prosperity of the last 30 years could be tossed aside by war fever. It would truly be a terrible thing for everyone in Southeast Asia. All of this for the possibility of oil in the South China Sea. Oil truly makes country go crazy, just look at the Middle East oil countries and their actions.

    Truly sad.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 1:12 PM, thuong3ngo wrote:

    Because of China's agressive;

    All countries get scare so that they glue- up to stand to China.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 1:25 PM, GoodGuy007 wrote:

    Godzilla has waken up and on the move. Dragon better watches out.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 1:28 PM, AsianForJustice wrote:

    We should not forget the atrocity the Japanese Imperial militants committed, and Abe is a devout follower of that same ideology. He has hidden agenda, no doubt about it. He knows full well that Japan can no longer bully China like they did during WWII, and he knows the US will never go to war with China over Japan. so he is trying to use other Asian countries to accomplish his goal.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 1:34 PM, GoodGuy007 wrote:

    China wants to control trade in Asia, starting with strategic SCS trade route to hold other Asia countries hostage and fall into her sphere of influence.

    What scare China most is a consortium of Asia countries built around TPP (Trans-Pacific Pact) to balance her new-found economic power. For this to work, SCS must be protected from China false claim to offer free trade passages to all countries in Asia.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 1:41 PM, wowgoner wrote:

    China has been doing it as a calculated move! Encouraging the neighboring countries into arm races will enforce their economic competitiveness! Just look at JPN, adding defense into their budget maybe the last straw that will break down Japan totally! Even for US, we may fall into the trap also!

    Most countries are falling into the trap now! Wake up! China is more powerful economically than militarily and they want to keep that advantage!

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 1:46 PM, JJ82 wrote:

    China woke the sleeping dragon that is Japan and thankfully this time they are on the side of freedom and democracy.

    There will be a Military Coalition against China since they are Communist barbarians trying to push everyone around...and Japan will be at the head of it.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 2:21 PM, Fog643 wrote:

    Sounds like a logical response to what the PRC & North Korea have been doing for the past decade. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines & Australia would be a credible counter to Chinese/North Korean aggression, IMHO.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 2:29 PM, rking2837 wrote:

    'Are Japan intending to create an anti-China NATO'

    First of all, I'd like to correct mistakes on the map used by the author. Hong Kong and Macau have returned to China from Britain and Portugal respectively.

    Next, I view Japan's intention to create an anti-China NATO with suspicion because Japanese politicians lack integrity historically.

    Before World War II, Japan negotiated with US to resolve the trade dispute while preparing for an attack on US. During World War II, Japan claimed to liberate Asian countries from Western colonialism while it exploited these country's resources for war efforts. After World War II, Japan officials denied colonization of Asian countries because it had done the same as Western countries.

    In the last few years, Japanese politicians revised

    World War II history to save face. I feel Japanese politicians lack courage and integrity to admit past mistakes and move on. Now Abe re-interprets Japan's constitution to militarize for his ambition of Rising Sun.

    Japanese people have my respect and Japanese politicians do not have my trust.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 3:15 PM, Richmond wrote:

    I love reading all the ignorant comments in here. Sorry to break it to you guys but most of those countries mentioned in this anti-China NATO have China as their No.1 customer. Reality is Asian countries are whining for the US to deal with China, what are these countries going to do. Japan goes nuclear and China just makes more nukes. And who do you think is going whine when that happens? Also you know this article is bull when it believes South Korea is joining up with Japan.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 3:18 PM, Aikyu999 wrote:

    China has not been a communist country for at least 30 years - it is a blend of socialism and capitalism.

    More over, China has not been building up it's military. For decades, US has been demonizing China with lies. It may now have one (1) small refurbished 1980 era Russian-built aircraft carrier, but this was AFTER Japan already built several "so-called" helicopter (but can easily be converted to VSTOL jet fighter) carriers.

    Let's back up and look at how this all started. All of these so called US allies are really puppets - they all have US military equipment. US demands 12 mile limit while itself holds a 50 mile limit - double standard. Then claimed China was aggressive in international waters. US scares its puppets into building up its military. China responds... hence its ONE outdated refurbished aircraft carrier.

    US is trying to start WWIII for financial reasons... meanwhile it is ignoring more important matters - FOOD! Bees, bats, birds - the pollinators of food are dying all over the continent by the millions, super viruses / bacteria is spreading. Rather than focus on REAL problems, US wants to start another war! Egotistical self-interest!

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 3:30 PM, truck44 wrote:

    The economic trade between China and Japan is huge and critical to both. But the numbers have been dropping the last couple of years due to tensions and Japan going elsewhere to avoid issues. From a trade perspective, they do need each other-Japan needs China more however. Have to consider both too wise to create active fire works, but Abe is likely to be more aggressive than China due to Japan feels it can do no wrong with the USA in his back yard. Like most problems these days, the US is in the thick and ignorant about it.

    Japan cannot be trusted. Abe cannot be trusted. If mano e mano Japan is out in first round, regardless if purely economic trade or actual combat. Please do not consider Japan innocent. The dislike that Japan has from China was definitely earned. Even the USA in defeating Japan in WW11 was treated poorly even though we funded them back to where they are today. China has to be less aggressive and more diplomatic, but that will not happen with Japan in the mix.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 4:31 PM, filampatriot59 wrote:

    since the US doesnt want to get involved in this dispute. and defend its allies...fellow asian like japan should start a NATO alliance in asia. china has been ignoring the law of the sea and creating too much tension in east china and south china sea.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 5:03 PM, grunt1807 wrote:

    Japan, S Korea, Taiwan, and Austalia all have a technically advanced and better trained Air and Naval forces, they would make a very strong alliance.

    The Philippines and Vietnam are weak and would hurt more than help the alliance.

    China is catching up and given time will be a match for the alliance, even with American support.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 5:40 PM, HenrySmithLA wrote:

    The world should not let China do what it wants to do. If it determines that it can not live in harmony and obey the international laws, then the whole world should declare war against China.

    Do not repeat the mistake before world II happened. It happened because the whole world was silence to what the Germany had done before it invaded Poland..

    The China Communist party is much much dangerous to the world's peace than the Nazi Germany. More than half century ago it invaded Tibet. Then it used forced to took the Paracel Island from the Republic of Vietnam in 1974. Then it gave support for the Khmer Rouge regime to kill million of innocent people.

    Now it wants to take islands from Japan, claim the ownership on the sea territory thousand miles away from its home land. Clearly China's ambition is much dangerous than the Germany regime in World War II. This world should not be tolerate any more aggressive and violence from China communist party.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 6:17 PM, theglawe wrote:

    Why don't US lease one of the island in the Spatley island to use as a base. We want to get a presence back in the area, It would give a lot or work to the Pinay over there working at it, and it would cement Philippines clam to the islands. Win WIn WIn Win

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 6:30 PM, MPA2000 wrote:

    Yawn. We are fools, not idiots. No asian country trusts Japan after all of the raping they did in those countries.

    They might not like China, but their hatred for Japan is even worse. It is only because of the US bullying that they even have relations with Japan.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 6:34 PM, thugh wrote:

    Why Japan has to do anything? Other countries react the way China bully them. What a stupid article!

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 6:36 PM, bruceweintraub wrote:

    The article is so biased. Rich Smith should have said alleged bullying, not bullying. China is only asserting its legitimate rights, those which we have denied China for centuries. Whatever they claim now they claimed for centuries, when the Philippines and Vietnam were not even independent countries. And whatever islands or shoals in question are uninhabited. China is not asking the Filipinos to clear out of Luzon, for God's sake. (Remember why we all supported Britain over Argentina in 1982? Because Argentina was not yet an independent country when the British took the Falkland Islands.) The U.S. was one of the imperial powers that tried to carve up China in the early 20th century, although we weren't the brutal ones. Guess who the most brutal was? Japan. Who else?

    Japan was supposed to return all territories it conquered from China from 1894 to 1945, as per agreement among the WWII allies. Before the Diaoyu Islands could be returned to China, the U.S. gave them to Japan to "administer" because we didn't want to give them back to commies. We really should have given them back to China or at least held on to them. This poorly thought out decision in 1971 planted the seeds of today's instability in the East China Sea. Thanks to the Nixon administration. Tricky Dick actually left us something worse than Watergate.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 6:52 PM, bruceweintraub wrote:

    "HenrySmithLA" doesn't give an honest historical context for his comments.

    Re: Tibet- This region was actually under the Chinese Empire for thousands of years. When imperial China disintegrated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Tibet was shaken loose. Communist China invaded in 1959 to regain control.

    Re: The Paracels- He claims that communist China took it from the Republic of Vietnam (Free Vietnam) in 1974. Actually, the Nationalist Chinese (Free Chinese) controlled the northern Paracels. The Chinese communists drove them out.

    As for the Southern Paracels, the communist Chinese were in control but the free Vietnamese army (ARVN) tried to drive them out but, unfortunately, failed. Ho Chi Minh agreed to communist China's sovereignty over the Paracels.

    It must be flattering to Beijing to be compared to Nazi Germany, just as dictator Kim probably loved that movie depicting a North Korean attack against the U.S. mainland. Makes them look so powerful. But remember that the issue, so far at least, is a shoal and a rig, the latter of which will be removed by August 15, sooner if we're all lucky.

    And, finally, he mentions the Diaoyu Islands as if it rightfully belongs to Japan. It was one of many territories that Japan conquered from China. It was supposed to be returned to China after WWII as per agreement among the Allies. Because China turned communist, Nixon gave administrative rights over the islands to Japan. I might have done the same thing back then. I hate Mao. But today's China is a different place and this decision back in 1971 is most regrettable.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 6:54 PM, Donc wrote:

    Love it. All war strategist, geographical scientists coming here and share their wisdom.

    Above all, it's in Motely what? Yeah it's motely fool.

    Guess what? Even the author never step into those countries more than 1 week, and now spewing out his flimsy idea here as "Anti-China NATO"?

    hahaah....go for it. I wait here.

    Vietnam - biggest customer --> China

    Singapore - biggest customer --> China

    Thailand - biggest customer --> China

    S.Korea - biggest customer --> China

    Philippine - biggest customer --> China

    Taiwan - biggest customer --> China

    Myanmar - biggest customer --> China

    And they want to form Anti-CHINA NATO just because of Japan?


    And Japan is a proven saint country by history?


    Write more those article, it sure to bring how American is failing their education in geopolitics, and history.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 6:57 PM, foolnot wrote:

    This article is biased and not stating fact. When it mentioned that oil rig inside Vietnam's 200 miles EEZ, it failed to mention that is also 15 miles off a Chinese island. How can you claim 200 miles EEZ when that is only 15 miles away from another country's territory? That is not reasonable.

    Japan lost WWII, but it never admits lost to China. It always looks for chance to get rid of US control and restore its old glory again. In recently years, we heard so much noise, including Japan blamed US bombed Tokyo and nuked Japan as war crimes. But I doubt this time Japan will have much chance at all, even it tried so hard, there will be no Pearl Harbor for Japan to sneak in any more.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 7:20 PM, AZSaguaro wrote:

    As a Chinese who spent first 40% of his life in China and now 60% of life so far in the West, I hate when the Chinese journalists follow the government line. I have to lough every time I see the western journalists toe their government lines. This troll Smith is definitely one of the worst lough stocks of western journalism.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 7:22 PM, AZSaguaro wrote:

    Troll Rich Smith: Don't confuse the evil wishes and wildest dreams of you and your government with cold tough reality!

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 7:34 PM, AZSaguaro wrote:

    South Korea definitely hates Japan many times more. They have less dispute with China than with Japan. Who the fool in the world would even think the S Korean would form any alliance with Japan against China is idiotic beyond any belief.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 7:52 PM, AZSaguaro wrote:

    Quote: "The more bellicose China's actions in the South China Sea, the better the news for U.S. defense companies."

    Translation: The more the Fools claim the alleged bellicosity of China, the better the news for the US defense companies.


    "The Motley Fool owns shares of Northrop Grumman and Textron."

    Now is it to anyone's surprise why the Fools would talk up China's bellicosity?

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 8:46 PM, Lexieborgie wrote:

    Had it not China displayed arrogance in the Spratly Group of Islands, Smaller nations like Vietnam and the Philippines would have been calm and would always do what is necessary to be at peace with their powerful neighbor China. Come to think of it, China should have invaded Taiwan first before venturing into the high seas. But Taiwan has a strong air force and array of missiles that China would have to think twice before reuniting her to the motherland. The Philippines and Vietnam should boost their missile capabilities and air power so China will have to think twice before gobbling so many islands in the spratlys as they want. It is but right for Japan to lead an alliance to counter China's aggressive behaviour. If the Alliance would stop trading with China, it will surely hurt China's economy. Remember, its hard to feed 2 billion people. Chinese leaders should check their arrogance and be humble so we people of the world may live with peace and harmony.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 9:05 PM, ilsm50 wrote:

    Japan! Need allies to cooperate in their dumb decisions.

    Japan currently spending 1% of GDP, $49B US 2013 on war.

    China! Spending 2% GDP $188B US.

    China is not buying useless US weapons, Japan is dumb as US buying F-35 and Aegis missile defenses systems which are failing their tests.

    Japan goes to 2% GDP with US weapons and they lose!

    Japan ought to read Sun Tzu, and Taiwan should get no weapons from US since the mainland is their banker and will someday take the place without a shot fired.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 9:27 PM, sknike wrote:

    So many people think chinese is "bad boy",I just want to know how much people read the history of Asia,there is no aggression from china in the history,What I found in the history book is helping Vietnam & North Korea anti-aggression.On the opposite Japanese have lots of War crimes.But now,Japan become a "hero".......This is a test of human intelligence?

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 9:32 PM, knlpdx wrote:

    Its hardly new for high ranking US military upon retirement, to join defense companies as shills. And as the article suggests, without a perceived threat, weapon systems don't sell very well. PR China has ALWAYS been one of the biggest 'boggy men' in the bedroom closet --- according to said Generals, with a new spin today.

    And yes, PR China is now a very serious military threat to one Asian country: North Korea. PRC will NOT let North Korea have functional nuclear arms. So if push comes to shove, and China takes out North Korea militarily, (with US forces holding the line at the 38th. parallel) does that make them friend --- or foe?

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 9:39 PM, sunpalm wrote:

    A militarized Japan is much scarier than China.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 10:18 PM, ABC123USA wrote:

    As an American born Chinese, I am ashamed of what China has been doing. Bullying smaller nations, accusing other of unspeakable acts while she commits the dirty deeds. The ramming and sinking the poor little fishing boats was denied and twisted, until the video surfaced. Still China plays victim.

    China and her paid communist trolls surfing these boards with their twisted propaganda won't fool anyone.

    China has been spending billions to modernize their military (for defense she claims, bu using those newly found power to bully weaker nations). What is wrong when Japan decides that she won't tolerate China provocative actions, and start spending more to protect herself and other smaller nations?

    China knows Japan is the only Asian nation that can STOP China on its track to claim the whole Pacific ocean as their back yard pond.

    China is now crying wolf.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 10:21 PM, edjohns522 wrote:

    This is a very brilliant idea. The threat from Russia has been over for a long time. The rest of the world must pivot to arrange a strong deterrent to an ever increasingly belligerent China.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 10:57 PM, LuwianMemories wrote:

    Hey ABC - the NSA pays pretty good eh? I am guessing they pay more than 50 RMB cents per post? Tell me how I can sign up since I am looking for another source of income to supplement my existing one, which is woefully poor in this still sluggish economy (although according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is improving, imperceptible as it is).

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 11:00 PM, LuwianMemories wrote:

    Sure edjohns - ignore the fact that Russia is this huge repository of natural resources that are essential for fueling a full-on war machine and focus one China instead, which lacks most of these resources. Yep, China is this "huge threat" indeed, when it has less arable land in terms of total acreage than even India.

    FYI, even if the West wanted Russia on their side, that ship has long-sailed with the engineered coup (courtesy of Nuland and her boss Obama) and subsequent ongoing mess in Ukraine.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 11:06 PM, ABC123USA wrote:


    The NSA won't have to pay me a dime. If war breaks out between China and the good ole US of A. I'll do my best to weed out Chinese communist sympathizers here in the States.

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 12:51 AM, Oxie wrote:

    The truth is China needs wars to control their population. 7% annual economic grow and resources of,the world are not enough to,feed,the hungry mouths. Too many restless single men without a woman companion, due to male to female ratio imbalance, is also an explosive domestic situation. Internal population discontent because the wealth in few hands of the official offsprings are also a serious problem. Whether the US or the world ready or not, China needs wars and will make wars,to control their population.

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 1:26 AM, jojo111 wrote:

    Just another piece of China bashing propaganda. This is not the path to peace.

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 1:46 AM, Paul52 wrote:

    This great news for the world. China is planning something bad for the future other wise why would they need the most weapons, the biggest military ? They need to be shown that the world wont put up w/ their plans .

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 2:03 AM, meister wrote:

    Of course it's the finale fantasy of abe shinzo to create a so-called "Asian NATO" to contain China, being the grandson of a top WW2 war criminal kishi nobusuke, abe shinzo is so madly eager to "regain the glory" of his militarism and fascism fathers. And the japanese, it's no doubt that they are so depressed for the "lost 20 years" since the economic bubble burst in 1991, they just can stand it that japan is being surpassed and left behind, even to have a think of that is unbearable. Then abe shinzo was released and portrayed as a "Savior" to the japanese, but could this guy, who suffers serious hemorrhagic enteritis, really be the "Messiah" to japan through the way of constantly provocating China? abe shinzo and his supporters should realize that, fantasy is just a fantasy, if japan wanna try to keep a some kind of leadership in the world, what is truly necessary is nothing but reviving the dying economics of japan, to antagonize China will finally hurt japan itself, without the prosperity of ecomics, japan could only be a second class country. Then how to resurrect the almost bankrupt japan? It's really a Gordian knot, but the more terrible is that, some japanese have the idea that to antagonize and provocate China and South Korea could solve all of their deadly problems.

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 2:18 AM, matherfukers wrote:

    what a bunch of fukking morons. All the US white niggas care about is money and zeroing out there debt in the event of a war. these niggas won't help a yellow jap nigga if there is no profit.

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 1:33 PM, OkDaley wrote:

    Dear President Obama:

    Inherent in most foreign policy is the view of "Imminent Domain through Manifest Destiny".

    For the past two thousand years of history, I am not able to count the total number of times Japan invaded China and Korea.

    Okay, today Japan is our little sweet heart nation, but unlike South Korea, I think this has been mostly our doing.

    Further, once we exited from Vietnam, just a few years later, China brought the Bank of China to New York City. I fully agree that today they are in fact a financial super power. But I question what amount of dignity that they need to recapture due to their history with Japan.

    In the news I read about the South and East China Seas. I do not read about the Japanese Seas.

    Could you imagine our nation having a United States Seas, and some historically hostile nation, who is at peace for the time being, wishing to claim territory ? Its simply a smack in the face.

    My question is - what can we do to allow China to Save Face? Fundamentally, I feel that they do understand that wars can be obsolete when it comes to trade and commerce being a new venue for "Imminent Domain through Manifest Destiny". I believe they would prefer to avoid hostile engagements and let business be business. But they also have to save face -

    My Further Question - considering Japan's history, who are they to complain ?

    Is Japan Planning to Create an Anti-China "Asian NATO"?

    As a second option to just satisfying China, lets say hypothetically, that we must satisfy both - Are they willing then to split the territory such that on one side of an island is China and the other side, Japan, but separated by a neutral zone of commerce. Can all contented territory be satisfied this way ? Perhaps even one could sell their share of an island to the other if needing cash -

    Most of all, I feel that if we present to China an appreciation for their dignity, that something can be worked out as opposed to all or nothing with contending countries.

    I further see no reason why we should not continue our presence in Japan, and even have all the different Navy's in the region wave hello to each other.

    Simply - nations need not be friends to be allies, but allies can become friends.

    With my gracious regards for your time to read this, sincerely yours,

    Orion Karl Daley-

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Rich Smith

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