October 2, 2006


A Japan That Can Say Yes: We should welcome the nationalism of Prime Minister Abe. (Dan Blumenthal & Gary Schmitt, 10/09/2006, Weekly Standard)

Abe's nationalism is of a type familiar to Americans. It is a liberal nationalism. He and his advisers equate Japan's well-being with the spread of the universal values associated with liberal democracy and human rights. [...]

More to the point is Abe's own vision of greater cooperation among Australia, Japan, India, and America, the four great Asia-Pacific democracies. If Japan is going to be a more confident actor in Asia and on the world stage, it will aim to do so in the context of this like-minded community. This vision could end up as Abe's greatest legacy.

Japan isn't content just to be part of the Axis of Good, but thinks of itself as part of the Anglosphere.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 2, 2006 11:55 AM
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