Friday, May 30, 2014

Japan Lays Out It's Asian Security Vision

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his May 23 interview with The Wall Street Journal. Ko Sasaki for The Wall Street Journal

Abe To Promote Japan As Counterweight To China -- Japan Times/AFP-JIJI/Kyodo/AP

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Friday morning for Singapore to attend a three-day security summit for the Asia-Pacific region, where he will lay out a vision of Japan as a counterweight to the growing might of China.

Abe will tell the so-called Shangri-La Dialogue that Japan and its partner the United States stand ready to bolster security cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

He is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech Friday night in which he will outline his vision for a Japan that can contribute more to global peace. He will also explain why Japan is reviewing the legal constraints imposed by the pacifist Constitution amid the changing security landscape, officials said.

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More News On Japan Laying Out It's Asian Security Vision

Abe to pledge Japan's defense contribution in Asia in first security summit speech -- FOX News/AP
Abe To Put Forward Japan as Counterweight to China -- Defense News/AFP
Abe Speech to Lay Out Asia Security Vision -- WSJ
Japan and China Face Off on Asian Security -- WSJ

My Comment: This is a seismic change in Japan's approach to foreign and national security affairs. And while I am sure that the U.S. and Australia will be applauding this change .... the rest of Asia are going to remember what Japan did in World War II .... and they will remain quiet.

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