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Prepare for uncontrollable Japan in 2016

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

01-27-2016 14:38 BJT

By Gu Jianjun, Post Doctorate, Department of World Development Strategy, Central Compilation and Translation Bureau

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered his 2016 policy speech at the lower house Diet (parliament) on Jan. 22, elaborating on domestic economic policies over wage reform and the recovery of disaster areas, as well as the "overlooking the globe" diplomacy.


It is Abe's fourth policy speech since assuming power in 2012. In a bid to turn Japan into a so-called "normal country", Abe has gone further down on the road of rightist deviation.

Abe has expanded the military forces, denied Japan's aggression history and visited the Yasukuni war shine, a site that honors Japanese war criminals.

On the economic front, he followed the United States to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership global trade deal, implemented quantitative easing policy (flooding the markets with more Japanese currency Yen), known as "Abenomics."

Diplomatically, he pursued "positive peaceful diplomacy" of "overlooking the globe" to strengthen Tokyo's leadership in the international community.

Abe had given a lengthy report on economic policies and its goals. Abe announced the new security bills will be implemented in March when the Japanese militia can perform tasks with legal guarantees.

On Sept.19, 2015, in spite of strong disagreement from other national parties and the public, the Japanese upper house voted in favor of the new security bills.

Tokyo can deploy troops overseas to assist other countries at any time. Its passage was significant to enable the Japanese militia to fight alongside an American ally.

Apparently, Tokyo has disregarded pacifism. Like a runaway wild horse, Abe started to push the new security bills this year.

Japan's 2016 defense budget had set a record high at 5.09 trillion yen (268 billion yuan) for the post World War II era. Shaking off constraints of a "pacifist constitution", Tokyo is headed in the wrong direction.

A "militarized" Japan could return. Peace-loving countries and people should take notice.
This can impact Sino-Japanese relations. The political right-deviationism has retro-graded bilateral diplomatic and trade ties.  Abe claimed he would like to improve Sino-Japanese relations on the basis of strategic reciprocity.

Well, there are still chances for Tokyo to foster better ties with China at the upcoming China, Japan and South Korea leadership meeting to be held in Japan and Group of Twenty summit to be held in China. But, Tokyo must demonstrate its sincerity and take sincere actions to restore fractured relations.


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