Japan needs to seek out regional allies, view U.S. as ‘second resort,’ says head of think tank

As often warned about, Japan will merge into an Asian bloc where China is the hegemon (see also HERE and HERE) and everything is under its umbrella protectorate. This article stops short of saying it’ll unite with China, however the other Asian powers cannot stand up to their Communist neighbor without the United States. If you’ve been reading articles from this site long enough, it should also be no surprise that America is now becoming an unreliable partner.  It won’t even stand up to China and its economic warfare, cyber attacks or technological theft. If you (Japan) can’t beat them, join them.

This is how a corrupt American leadership of the free world can lead the world into a new era without the United States. Japan will undoubtedly gravitate into China’s sphere of influence. A new American leadership (i.e. Trump) will not be able to change that. Nations are growing tired of the bipolar changes every election year and no longer see consistency in the United States.

Ironically, this report comes from an American think tank, proving this is where Asia is heading.

 

Japan needs to stop relying on the U.S. for its defense and form a security alliance with other Asian nations if it is to become a respectable global leader in the decades to come, according to the founder and president of Washington-based think tank Economic Strategy Institute.

Clyde Prestowitz said U.S. defense budget cuts could mean a reduction in its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, where it is currently focusing its foreign policy.

In that scenario, Washington, with its own interests in mind, won’t be as reliable if and when a military conflict arises between Japan and China, said Prestowitz in an interview with The Japan Times last month.

“Japan should have mutual security treaties with South Korea, with India, with Vietnam” to compensate for a possible falling U.S. presence, he said, adding that Washington should be the “call of second resort.”

That is one of many recommendations he is making in his latest book “Japan Restored,” which will hit stores in Japan on Monday. A Japanese version is expected to be published next year.

Prestowitz argued that instead of taking the need for a defense partnership seriously, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Gyun-hye are squabbling over the issue of “comfort women” — a sign that the two countries are accustomed to the U.S. military presence.

“U.S. presence relieves them of the responsibilities of thinking seriously about defense, national security and foreign policies,” he said. “If the U.S. wasn’t there, they couldn’t afford to do that.”

“This is not the Japan I used to know,” said Prestowitz. “Japan is slowly committing suicide as a country.”

However, he said Tokyo can change, given its experience of going through radical transitions — first during the Meiji Restoration and next after it was defeated in World War II.

In his book he illustrates excessive scenarios in which Japan would face crises.

One is Israel bombing Iran, forcing Iran to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, triggering an energy crisis in Japan, which relies on more than 80 percent of its oil from the Middle East being transported via the strait.

Another crisis would erupt if the Self-Defense Forces accidently shot down a Chinese fighter over the Senkaku Islands, prompting China to take retaliatory action and occupy one of the islets while, to Japan’s shock, Washington is reluctant to engage in direct conflict with China.

“Without a crisis, Japan may not be able to change,” he said.

Full article: Japan needs to seek out regional allies, view U.S. as ‘second resort,’ says head of think tank (The Japan Times)

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