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Well, if my understanding in the last post was correct, then the NSC is the tougher fight… I can only imagine how hard when the extension of the Counter-Terrorism Special Measures Law has to face this:

Japan opposition risks U.S. ire over Afghan mission

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s main opposition party will find it hard to agree to extend support for U.S.-led operations in Afghanistan, its policy chief warned on Monday, a stance that could sour U.S. ties and deepen divisions among its own members.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to extend a law enabling Japan’s navy to provide fuel and goods for U.S.-led coalition warships in the Indian Ocean as support for operations in Afghanistan, and called on Monday for opposition cooperation.

But Ichiro Ozawa, the leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), has come out against the move — and despite calls from his predecessor to rethink that stance, party policy chief Takeaki Matsumoto said switching gears would be tough.

“We aren’t saying from the beginning that we won’t give approval … but fundamentally we want to discontinue the law and have them come home,” Matsumoto told Reuters in an interview.




  1. The LDP’s top brass since late 50’s have been interested in eventually creating a real military. In fact if you look at Koizumi’s comments about the JSDF, he continued to call it the Japanese army rather than SDF of Japan. He, Abe, Nakasone, and many others are committed to carrying out a robust revision of Article 9, and other articles pertaining to the deployment of Japan’s military. Ever since the Korean War when the JSDF was created, America along with the LDP have regretted immensely ever gutting the Japanese people’s ability and interest in being a military power again.

    If you read the Mccormack’s Client State, you’ll see his fascinating argument about how Japan’s rightwingers are actually unwittingly doing exactly what the US wants while believing that rearming Japan would actually make Japan less of a US protectorate. The American government’s policy since the 50’s has been one of vassal and lord. This relationship is strongly defined the San Fransisco Treaty of 1950, and subsequent dealings between the two nations.

    I could go on forever about this, but it would be best if you saw it in the book rather than me regurgitating it from memory.

  2. That’s quite a common argument, mind you, one that I agree with quite wholesale. Sounds like a damn good book. I’ve read some of McCormack’s work before regarding Japan (and North Korea), but I wasn’t so convinced. He makes great insight, but I have never quite been so sure that he was making the most astute take on the situation.

    Come October, I will have that book ;) In the meantime, you go buy Tomohito Shinoda’s Koizumi Diplomacy! :-D

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