Foreign Policy magazine: The Japanese military is emerging from decades of pacifism. But do the country’s political leaders have the vision and the will to make the country strong again?
Read Michael Auslin’s Foreign Policy briefing book, “Japan Awakens,” and then watch Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire, an excellent PBS three-part series, which is available for download on iTunes. My Tokyo friend, Deborah DeSnoo, is executive producer and co-writer of the award-winning program. What a talented lady and how fortunate I am to know her.
Do we really want a hard power Japan, much less a nuclear Japan? Japan was a strong military power in history, not in present. The East Asian region could never tolerate a rearmed Japan. And remember, one can arm himself with ideas as much as weapons. Japan should marshal its resources toward becoming a regional powerhouse in renewable energies. I’m not naive enough to believe it’s going to go nuclear-free overnight, but for the long haul it needs to develop its nation-state reputation, pride, and honor through high-tech, soft-touch means.