Thursday, December 6, 2012

Japanese politics shifting right

The collapse of Japanese corporations like Sony, prolonged economic recession, and damages from earthquake is causing the Japanese politics to shift to the far-right. The Japanese extreme rightists are using the unstable psychology of its people to gain popularity.
As the Japanese Diet's lower house election is approaching, political parties have plunged into a fanatical campaign with unrealistic notions, especially in the country's foreign policy.
The biggest blot of the Noda administration is the "nationalization" of the Diaoyu Islands, an inherent territory of China, by turning a deaf ear to China's strong opposition and abandoning the understanding and consensus reached by the older generation of leaders of the two countries.
They are also creating conflicts between Korea by claiming that Dokdo is their territory.
Last week, the U.S. Senate approved an amendment, attached to the national defense authorization bill for 2013, to acknowledge application of a U.S.-Japan security treaty to the Diaoyu Islands.
Propped up by the U.S. move, a number of top candidates for the post of Japan's next prime minister sent out hard-line speeches, including constitution revision and the Self-Defense Forces' upgrade to national defense forces.
A collective right deviation in Japanese politics will undoubtedly do harm to its diplomacy and future.

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