Sensuikan San said:As a "Brit", living north of the 49th parallell - I'm tempted to suggest that, these days, the UK has perhaps, more US influence over it than Canada does !
Perhaps we live so close to the US, we can see the good and the bad with more clarity ..... eh ?
(Anybody from Mexico have a view on this .... ?)
The Americans who get sick of it need somewhere nearby to move to. But I think it works the other way too. My grandfather and his family were all French Canadians who moved to America. Oops, I let the cat out of the bag. Maybe that's why I'm always so critical of American politics, it's in my blood.
I think Japan has become mature and responsible enough.
Brooker said:I think Japan is not the country it was back in WWII and could be trusted with it's own military, although I understand Japan's neighbors may have cause to doubt that.
Hiroshi66 said:Militarily, I think Japan has to build up its troops BECAUSE of its neighbors, excluding Taiwan. As of now, sometimes I turn on the Korean news channel and half of their news specials are about Takeshima. If other East Asian states have armies, why can't Japan?
nurizeko said:if japan started building up a military.
it certainly doesnt have any reason to be sending armed forces all around the world, that puppet of american foreign policy position is taken by britain =P.
the problem is, if japan started building up a military, would the japanese really oppose this in any seriousness?...the problem i am assuming with japans past is the japanese just dont know how or when to say "enough is enough" they just trust in their leaders "good intentions"
as for the japanese government, i dont feel its as open to public scrutiny and control like other western countries, bush wouldnt get away with starting world war 3 in america...at least not so easily, but in japan i dont know....i get the impression a government could more easily weasel power and convince the japanese to fight another war.