As of late, Japan has been firing up their fighter jets in order to scramble Chinese fighter jets that are consistently flying through what is claimed to be Japanese airspace. Japan, who is normally a passive country, has been reacting to their neighbors though and making a military stand against them. Though there has been no firing on each other and sending the fighter jets up is simply a means to scramble the Chinese fighter jets, tension is certainly in the air over Naha, Japan. For the time being, and from the words of the Japanese generals, they do not plan on attacking as long as the Chinese remain peaceful.
Should this break out into war though, this adds an interesting dilemma to this country and their allies. Japan is still finding itself recovering from the Tsunami in 2011 as it continues to reconstruct buildings and cities. Though this process of rebuilding is going very well, it still puts a strain on government funds as well as their economy. Naturally, this would actually be a fairly good time for China to strike Japan, but not exactly smart for China’s political grounds as well as their economic well-being.
We hold our ground, but we don’t provoke.
Should China decide to declare war, they would end up losing many of their allies that also side with Japan, including the U.S. Several other countries would also halt importation of several Chinese goods and close exportation to China. This is a risky card for China to play, but China is also a vast land with many of its own resources. They may not need to depend on trade to sustain their country until they have taken over another country. The question though is what would their motives be for attacking Japan? Would it be simply to take back the land they believe belongs to them? Why would they risk such an operation when it might cost them in the long run?
This news has been monitored closely by the Pentagon in the U.S. because an attack on Japan will cause the U.S. to go to war in Asia due to alliances. The U.S. is seemingly on the brink of many wars, several of which have little to do with their own citizens and more to do with their allies. The U.S. cannot protect everyone though. This would also have a huge effect on the U.S. economy. Trade with China would surly slow down if not stop completely.
…a public leery of anything resembling Japan’s World War II era militarism.
Recently, due to Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, their military has seen a complete overhaul in preparation for anything. He calls this movement “proactive pacifism” but Japan’s government are lifting many laws that have been imposed on Japan’s armed forces that restrict them from many activities. Citizens are still worried and scared from anything that resembles WWII though and many worry now that another war is on their shores and in their skies.
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