Recently, the new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a series of statements of regarding the China-Japan relations, U.S.-Japan relations and domestic policies, which convey to the public inexplicit information. Why did this happen? I think it's mainly because of the complicated situations and challenges that Abe is now confronted with.
From the view of historical evolution, Japan is currently facing the rising of neighboring powers. Before the 1990s, the development of Japan had experienced a defeat of World War II, yet still played leading role in Asia.
However, times have changed. China and South Korea in East Asia have already risen and Taiwan and the DPRK are no longer the "pushovers". With the Southeast Asian countries progressively seeking development, Japan should make prudent planning and decisions as to what courses it should follow in future.
Japan keeps love-hate relationship with the United States. The reason of love lies in that America still considers Japan as the key partner in maintaining the security and interests of the western pacific and even supports Japan in coping with the rise of China. The reason of hate lies in that America still keeps a tightening ring over Japan's head which dates back to World War II, dominating the choices and directions of almost the entire Japanese politics, economy and security policies.
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