posted on Dec, 3 2004 @ 04:46 PM
Japan has had a pretty rough economic ride for quite a while, but I am confident that it will eventually shake off the malaise. When that happens,
There is little doubt in my mind that Japan will not only continue to be a major player worldwide, but will begin to take on a more assertive role in
East Asian politics -- and back it up with projected military power.
As is the tradition, where Japan steps in there will be friction and warfare. In light of our experiences in the Pacific War, I am one American who
hopes that the U.S. and Japan remain friends throughout all this, because the alternative would be decidely unpleasant for both of us. Been there,
While I cannot know for sure, I suspect that Washington sees Japan as a foil for China's regional ambitions, and is likely encouraging Japan's
leaders to take on that role.
Both Japan and a soon-to-be-reunified Korea will be major players in East Asia's future, and along with China, will be jockeying for positions of
advantage as the stakes continue to go up.
Throw in some nukes (in the hands of all three), and it makes for a spicy political stew.
We live in interesting times.