September 4, 2006

WHO ISN'T? (via Tom Morin):

Japan firmly on a conservative path (Hisane Masaki, 9/05/06, Asia Times)

Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe, now widely believed to be a shoo-in to succeed Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in September, has made it clear, if ever there was any doubt, that he will pursue an ultra-conservative, nationalistic and pro-US political and foreign-policy agenda.

Abe's policy goals as the new prime minister will include, among other things, giving Japan a greater military role abroad through such means as promulgating a new constitution to replace the post-World War II pacifist constitution, strengthening a security alliance with the United States, and forging a thinly veiled alliance of Asia-Pacific democracies to counter China.

These goals, coupled with Abe's nationalist views on history, hawkish stance on such countries as China and firm support for the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo seen as glorifying Japan's militaristic past, will stoke concerns among Asian neighbors, especially China and South Korea.

It wpould be quicker to write about which countries of the Anglosphere/Axis of Good aren't firmly on the conservative path...because there are none.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 4, 2006 9:27 AM

It wasn't that long ago that "ultra-conservative, nationalistic" would not mean "pro-US" in Japan.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at September 5, 2006 1:03 PM