An Assertive Japan ? - Shinzo Abe Calls for 'Stronger Nation'

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    Japanese political Challenger hints at militarization

    Japan's Abe Calls for Stronger Nation - WSJ.com

    TOKYO—Shinzo Abe, the frontrunner to become Japan's next prime minister, rallied supporters with a call for a stronger country Saturday night, hours before voters go to the polls in an election expected to give the country its seventh leader in six years.

    "Just recently a Chinese airplane violated our airspace, and we always see official Chinese ships entering our territorial waters," said Mr. Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, which ruled Japan for nearly half a century before losing power three years ago. "This kind of thing never happened when the LDP was in power," he said, referring to a Chinese propeller plane entering airspace Thursday over territory controlled by Japan but also claimed by China.

    "We need to take a new step forward. I ask you people who have come today to fight with us to take down the current administration," Mr. Abe told his supporters.

    Mr. Abe had largely stuck to economic policy during the month-long parliamentary campaign, waged at a time when voters have said the country's tepid growth was their top concern.

    Mr. Abe's chief opponent, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, has tried to paint the LDP as a dangerous nationalist party that threatens to upset regional stability when tensions between Japan and its neighbors are at their highest in recent years. Mr. Abe has called for revising the country's pacifist constitution and beefing up the nation's defense in border disputes.

    "You might think that I've grown too forceful and assertive, but without such strong commitments, economic recovery will never be accomplished," Mr. Abe said during a separate appearance on a TV show Saturday morning. "It wouldn't be easy to rebuild the economy, diplomatic relations and the education system that have been left in ruins under the last three years of DPJ rule," he said. "Strong leadership is required."

    Taro Yamamoto, 41, self-employed, was listening to the Akihabara speech with his wife and young daughter and a flag in his hand. He said he began to focus on national politics after a territorial run-in with China in 2010. "It's no longer a 'territorial issue,'" he said. "It's China's invasion of Japan."

    Mr. Abe's LDP, according to most media polls, is expected to win Sunday's vote and regain control of the government it lost to Mr. Noda's DPJ in the previous election. Surveys project that that the LDP, with its junior coalition partner, may take as many as 300 seats in the 480-seat lower chamber, while the DPJ is expected to come out with around just 70 seats from its current 230—the lowest since the party was formed in 1998.

    Earlier in the day, Japan's embattled prime minister made an appeal to voters to keep his political reform movement alive.

    "I know there are some of you who have been disappointed with the three years we have been in power," Mr. Noda said Saturday to an audience of 300 in the Sugamo shopping district in northwest Tokyo popular with the elderly. "Give us one more chance!"

    It was the last leg of the campaign trail for Mr. Noda that began in November with an apology on behalf of the ruling DPJ for failing to live up to its 2009 policy platform, including his enactment of an unpopular sales-tax hike earlier this year. When the DPJ swept to a landslide victory just over three years ago, the party had vowed to hold off on such a measure and promised Japanese voters a dramatic change in politics and polices.

    Mr. Noda noted that a large bloc of voters—about 40%—told pollsters they remain undecided just a few days before the vote. "We can be on track if undecided voters support us," Mr. Noda said.

    Junji Tomiya, a 60-year-old retired worker who was listening to Mr. Noda's speech, said he wasn't impressed with the DPJ, which he voted for three years ago. "I think forcing through that tax-hike bill was a big mistake," he said, adding that he planned to vote for one of the new parties that have cropped up in recent weeks, bringing the total in the running to a record 12. This time he's going with the Tomorrow Party of Japan, which vows a sharp shift in the country's energy policies following last year's Fukushima accident. "I support their no-nuke policy," he said.

    Analysts say that Sunday's contest will largely be characterized by a repudiation of the three-year governance of the DPJ marred by legislative gridlock, diplomatic faux-pas, and mishandling of disaster management.

    "Just as the last election was a big 'no' to the LDP, this one will also be a retrospective voting to penalize the DPJ," said Keio University political science professor Yasunori Sone. "But punishing the DPJ for its botched government management is hardly an endorsement of LDP policies," he said.

    Naoki Maruyama, a 24-year-old office employee, echoed that sentiment as he went on his white compact bicycle to cast his vote in Tokyo during early balloting Friday. "I voted for the DPJ last time, but the past years were bad, so I thought about going back to the LDP, but that's not right for me," he said. "I didn't feel like voting for the big two," he said, explaining that he chose another newer, smaller party because its candidate was young.
     
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    Re: Japanese political Challenger hints at militarization

    Personally, as an American taxpayer, I would like to see Japan more militarized to take up more of the defense burden from the US in that part of the world.
     
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    Please rearm yourself Japan and drub the Chinese and the Americans. Encore! Encore!
     
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    Rearming or not, it wont help their demographic crisis.

    RealClearWorld - Japan's Coming Demographic Crisis

    Japanese are disappearing in slow motion and so far, there is no rescue plan. Every January, those turning 20 over the next twelve months celebrate their Coming-of-Age Day at shrines across the nation. Yet each year there are fewer of them. This year, only 1.2 million youth will turn 20, half as many as in 1970.

    On U.N. calculations, the 2010 population of 127 million will shrink by a fifth, to 101.6 million in 2050. Moreover, the decline speeds up over time, with the population dropping by 6.65% between 2015 and 2030, but plummeting a whopping 13.4% from 2030 to 2050-far and away the worst growth projection in the world.

    Good luck to them!:p
     
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    Rearm from now is necessary and useful to remain the stabilisation in this region. The best way to prevent any conflict is to balance with strong power.
     
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    World can ill afford a militarized Japan again. Remember Rape of Nanjing, Pearl Harbour, etc.!
     
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    Japan election: Shinzo Abe and LDP in sweeping win - exit poll

    BBC News - Japan election: Shinzo Abe and LDP in sweeping win - exit poll

    NHK: LDP+Komei have reached 320 seats :D
     
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    Excellent! Shinzo Abe is the Japanese man-of-the-hour in the wake of Chinese belligerence.

    In Abe's political comeback, the Japanese are pinning their hopes on a nationalist and national economic resurrection.

    Abe's int'l views on the broader Asian-Australasian democratic alliance are also favorable.
     
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    Most of time Japan has been ruled by one party LDP. Even DPJ, who had the exceptional 3 years was a breakaway from LDP

    Then 7 ministers in 6 years (twice for Abe San) :shocked:
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    Japan’s next PM: No quarter for China, reach out to Russia

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    Shinzo Abe

    Source: RT
     
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    Just one word: "excellent!" :thumb:
     
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    He is the PM the Japanese economy wanted.

    He has the capability to dig Japan out the mess they are in. already the markets are reacting, Yen has started to fall. Personally it is very good news for me.
     
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    Abe’s win in polls set to boost Japan-India ties

    TOKYO/MINAMISOUMA CITY (FUKUSHIMA): When Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party ( LDP) chief Shinzo Abe's tenure as prime minister was cut short in 2007 — for health reasons — India seemed to have been deprived of the main course after a scrumptious appetizer. As the lower house elections in the country would have it on Sunday, the time for that elusive main meal has come now.

    Known for his 'emotional connect' with India, Abe seemed set to be sworn in as the new PM with the LDP-led coalition winning an absolute majority in the House of Representatives.

    As PM in 2006, Abe had stunned many by predicting that Japan-India relations had the potential to overtake Japan-US and Japan-China ties . "Abe had outlined a bold vision for Japan-India ties and his coming back should be a great opportunity for the ties to rapidly expand," strategic affairs expert C Raja Mohan told TOI here.

    During his a visit to India in 2011, Abe had told a gathering at the ICWA, "India's success is in Japan's best interests and Japan's success is in the best interests of India."

    Abe's comeback couldn't have come at a better time for India. For one, he has taken a much more pragmatic view of Japan's nuclear policy in the face of the Fukushima accident than his predecessor Yoshihiko Noda who wanted to phase out nuclear power completely by 2030. Instead of shunning it altogether, he has asked to let reactors considered safe reopen. This has led to hope that talks with India could resume peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

    Abe won despite the popular sentiment against nuclear power. "Our focus should have been on renewable energy but Abe is a short-sighted man," mayor of Minamisouma city, Katsunobu Sakurai, said. Minamisouma was one of the worst affected areas on the Pacific coast by the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami and its nuclear fallout.

    Abe's hawkish stand on China (he recently described Japan's position on Senkaku islands dispute as too reserved) is not going to harm India either at a time when the focus of the world has shifted to the Asia-Pacific in the face of Beijing's growing assertiveness in the region.

    It remains to be seen though how quickly Abe can move to implement some of the controversial issues on his agenda, like his intent to rebuild ties with the US by "exercising the right to collective self defence". He wants Japan to be able to militarily defend its allies who are attacked by tweaking the interpretation of Japan's constitution, if not the constitution itself.



    Abe’s win in polls set to boost Japan-India ties - The Times of India
     
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    The positive news is spreading across.

    BBC News - Japan elections: Shares rise and yen weakens on Abe win


    Japan depends on exports and the strong Yen for the last 3-4 years has almost killed the industry in Japan.
     
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    He is the PM that ASEAN stability needs.
     
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    Not intending to frustrate those who hail non-issues like Abe being more "hawkish" and Japan getting "remiliatrized" amid the whoopla for LDP's victory, But >> LDP aware voters just punished DPJ | The Japan Times Online
    Economy is the key word. But how will LDP / Abe overhaul Japan's ailing economy to outperform DPJ
    Will Abe be able to work wonders? Why have there been 6-7 Prime Ministers in 6 years?
     
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    Something people should take note is that Japanese PM plays little role in forming Japanese state-policy.
     
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    japs PM even can not dump without american approval
     
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    Hahahahaha there is a big difference of re arming and militarization
     

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