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BREAKING: JAPAN - Liberal Democratic Party Storms to Power - WAR IN ASIA LIKELY

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12/16/2012 06:39 AM

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BREAKING: JAPAN - Liberal Democratic Party Storms to Power - WAR IN ASIA LIKELY
Expect Japan to increase confrontation over the disputed islands and sweep aside its pacifist constitution.

War is now very likely in Asia.

[link to www.bbc.co.uk]


" BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Whichever party wins Japan's parliamentary elections held on Sunday should devise its foreign policy with a long-term and pragmatic prospective so that the country can repair its strained ties with neighbors and play a constructive role in the region.

It is a troubling sign that some of the political parties vying for the 480 seats of Japan's lower house of the parliament have pledged to take a tough stance on territorial disputes and boost military spending to woo rightist voters.

These policies, if carried out, will surely further sour Japan's relations with its neighbors and even increase political and military risks in the region...."

[link to www.wsws.org]

LDP leader Shinzo Abe, known for his right-wing nationalist views, has focussed on the defence of all of Japan’s claimed territories as the means of pressing for constitutional change to transform the “Self Defence Forces” into a regular military force able to participate in “collective self-defence”. The “pacifist” clause has acted as an impediment to participation in the US-led wars of aggression in the Middle East and thus to the interests of Japanese imperialism.

JRP leader Shintaro Ishihara calls for the complete scrapping of the “occupation” constitution, drawn up by the US following the end of World War II, and has suggested that Japan consider building its own nuclear weapons. While warning of the dangers of “anti-foreignism and adventurism” and advocating “responsible defence”, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has previously argued for amendments to ensure the constitutionality of the military.

These proposals are accompanied by a concerted effort to revive Japanese militarism and deny the terrible crimes of Japanese imperialism in its wars throughout Asia in the 1930s and 1940s. Abe signalled his agenda by visiting the notorious Yasukuni Shrine to Japan’s war dead and calling for a wholesale revision of the “unjust” perception of Japan’s wartime history. While not as blatant in his advocacy, Noda previously defended a Yasukuni Shrine visit made by Junichiro Koizumi, when he was prime minister between 2001 and 2006.

Last Edited by The Scientist on 12/16/2012 06:51 AM