June 11, 2003

The (Supposed) Decline of Japanese

The (Supposed) Decline of Japanese Pacifism

Who is to blame for the alleged passing of Japan's postwar pacifist position on the global stage? NoKo? China?

If you're writing in Le Monde, it's the U.S. that's forcing Tokyo to eschew pacifism for more militaristic avenues:

"L'hˇgˇmonie militaire des Etats-Unis, dont la guerre en Irak a ˇtˇ une nouvelle dˇmonstration, a fait une victime en Asie : le pacifisme japonais."

Translation: "The military hegemony of the United States, of which the war in Iraq was a new demonstration, has made a victim in Asia: Japanese pacifism."

Perhaps soon we will be reading in the pages of Le Monde that the Iraq campaign is responsible for the recent disturbances in Paris too.

UPDATE: More ominous muscle flexing from Tokyo.

Posted by Gregory at June 11, 2003 12:07 AM
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