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Japanese government nationalism can set the country back

Despite the fact that Japan for most Russians seems to be a stronghold of stability, recently this country has passed and continues to go through a huge amount of natural, economic and political trials. And if hurricanes and tsunamis are spontaneous, then the Japanese authorities often create all other problems for themselves.

To understand the seriousness of the political leapfrog in the Land of the Rising Sun, suffice it to say that the cabinet in this country has changed already 7 times ... And it seems that Russia is not the 90 model, so that the Prime Ministers and the governments themselves change gloves, but the fact remains that ...

Today, the fate of the government of current prime minister Yoshihiko Noda hangs in the balance, as evidenced by opinion polls in Japan. When conducting sociological research by Japanese services, it turned out that about 20% of people in the Land of the Rising Sun trust the current cabinet. If we look at the political ratings of Yoshihiko Noda and his subordinate ministers, it turns out that 20% of people's confidence is the lowest mark for any Japanese government in recent years. Members of the cabinets went into retirement, whose rating was significantly higher than that of the current “spill” government. But if the Japanese people actually do not trust their government, then what is the reason for this? After all, Noda has been in office for a little over a year, and at the beginning of the premiership he enjoyed the support of the majority of his subjects (for reference, Japan is the only state in the modern world that is a constitutional monarchical Empire). What made change the attitude to the ministers of the current Cabinet of Ministers from ordinary Japanese in such a short time?
On this account there are special opinions. Consider them in more detail.

Recently, ordinary Japanese have become accustomed to the constant change of ministers in their country, and over the decade a stereotype has been formed that if a new government could not achieve any tangible success, then it is time to change such a government. It's like in a big sport, when a solid sports team has ceased to achieve impressive results - coaches change so often that their average time at the helm of a team is 1-2 of the year. Japan, according to this view, follows a similar path. And here the Japanese are no longer impressed by any attempt to cope with deflation and a kind of stagnation in the economy, nor the announced decrease in unemployment. People increasingly began to pay attention to the figures of economic growth, which in the past 2-3 of the year look, to put it mildly, unimpressively: no more than 1% per year. For such a powerful financial system as the Japanese one, such growth puts a big question mark on whether Japan will be able to overcome the economic recession using conventional methods.

Of course, in this case, our fellow citizens may well say: we would have such a recession as the Japanese ... But the economy is a subtle thing, and those who seem to prancing on a white horse today may already be pushing a dirty and creaking economic cart tomorrow.

In the post-war years, the Japanese “partners” themselves were able to get used to the good, and now they are waiting for enormous jerks from each of their new governments, elevating Japan to new heights. However, everything once passes, and so is the turbulent growth of the Japanese economy.

Here, the Yoshihiko Noda government, having come to power in the wake of the previous Cabinet’s unpopularity, decided to try its luck in terms of bringing the Land of the Rising Sun to the new Olympus. And the path was chosen quite original - raising the level of national identity through the protection of their territorial interests. At the same time, Noda did not become content with what he had, but began to solve a very ambitious task of expanding the Japanese borders. The arrows flew in several directions at once: in addition to the traditional requests regarding Russia regarding the transfer of the 4 of the South Kuril Islands, the official Tokyo decided to test for strength and at least two more states. Claims were filed against South Korea and China. Tokyo unilaterally decided that not only the South Kuriles should belong to the Japanese, but also Liancourt Islands (they are Tokdo, they are Takeshima), and three of the five Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu).

After South Korean President Lee Myung-bak arrived in August 2012 of the year on Liancourt Islands, which are officially recognized for South Korea, official Tokyo suddenly announced its concern about this event. Perhaps the Koreans were surprised at the “preoccupations” of the Japanese when visiting the islands by the president no less than the Russians did when the Russian president visited the Kuril Islands. Then, as we all remember, Japan also expressed its immense discontent ...

As a result, a diplomatic scandal broke out between Japan and South Korea, which Mr. Noda’s government ministers inflated to incredible proportions. Obviously, Noda wanted to draw attention from the rank and file Japanese to the fact that he wants to put together "all the fragments of the Empire," which she pretty much lost after defeat in World War II. However, as a result, at the initiative of the South Koreans offended by territorial claims, several large Japanese projects were curtailed in the Republic of Korea, which led to a decrease in commodity circulation between the countries. By the way, the decline in trade turnover between Japan and South Korea was recorded for the first time in 18 years. And this decline caused questions to the Yoshihiko Noda office.

It added fuel to the fire and the confrontation between the Japanese and the Chinese over the island of Senkaku (Diaoyu), which had become famous. While the epic with the warships of China and the ships of the coast guard of Japan was covered in most of the world media, the economic situation between these countries also developed far from an optimistic scenario. At the same time, this far from optimistic scenario was observed mainly in relation to Japan. Chinese protests led to a boycott of Japanese goods, which resulted in a drop in exports to the PRC by 13%.

If we talk about the fall in the level of exports of Japanese-made cars to China, the numbers here are much more significant - 45%. At the same time, China not only did not suffer losses, but also managed to increase its export volumes to Japan - an increase of 3,8%. In Japan, such news caused a real shock. After all, the numbers show that it is the Japanese economy that today is more dependent on the Chinese one, and this gives Beijing leverage in pressure on Japan.

Japanese experts, analyzing this kind of data, came to the conclusion that it was Yoshihiko Noda’s excessive zeal in demonstrating frankly nationalist policies towards neighbors that led to negative manifestations in the country's economy. Representatives of the Japanese opposition declare that Japan has not had such complicated foreign policy problems since the end of World War II. It turns out that if Noda does not reconsider his rhetoric about his neighbors, he may say goodbye to his premier chair in the near future.

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  1. WW3
    WW3 31 October 2012 07: 43
    It seems that in the confrontation with China, Japan will "reverse".
    1. Pit
      Pit 31 October 2012 07: 56
      And with Korea, too, it is only ours who will quietly listen and continue to support imports from Japan. And Japan will continue to run over the Kuril Islands, in fact, it’s not losing anything, but you’ll look and grab the islands for free.
      1. I-16M
        I-16M 31 October 2012 08: 00
        Rushing quietly, you can grab loudly smile
        1. ughhh
          ughhh 31 October 2012 11: 18
          There are a number of fairly authoritative opinions that Fukushima is the result of an underwater explosion of an atomic bomb.
          1. crazyrom
            crazyrom 31 October 2012 16: 57
            There is an interesting discussion on this subject by one scientist, so watch the video, very interesting:
            In some places, the comrade sounds a bit like "mad scientist", but this does not detract from many interesting facts and arguments.
        2. crazyrom
          crazyrom 31 October 2012 17: 02
          Japan is the only state in the modern world that is a constitutional monarchical Empire

          Japan with these imperial manners constantly gets on the brain, but there is no sense. When will they learn? Were there few atomic bombs? We’d better sit on their skeleton and not rock the boat, so no, we really need islands. They still play out.
          1. ughhh
            ughhh 1 November 2012 12: 05
            you’re angry ... there’s nowhere for the Japanese to live and there’s nothing to eat, and you squeezed a couple of rocky Chinese islands ...
        3. psv_company
          psv_company 3 November 2012 22: 36
          Strongly running over you can hit the wall !!! earthly folk wisdom
      2. WW3
        WW3 31 October 2012 08: 03
        Japan offer

        Russia's answer
      3. Kaa
        Kaa 31 October 2012 10: 49
        Quote: Pit
        And Japan will continue to run over the Kuril Islands, in fact, it’s not losing anything, but you’ll look and grab the islands for free.

        As if this "freebie" did not become the last ...
        1. WW3
          WW3 31 October 2012 14: 26
          In response to Japanese claims

    2. mamba
      mamba 31 October 2012 10: 01
      Quote: WW3
      It seems that in the confrontation with China, Japan will "reverse".

      Will not give. The mentality will not allow. Japan will continue to "run over" all of its neighbors, pushing them apart like a cuckoo in a nest. Here are just a little strength. How not to be crushed herself.
      As for the Japanese mentality, Europeans living in Japan and neighbors bordering on it complain about it. The Japanese did not repent of the war crimes of the 2nd World War and are not going to compensate anyone. They believe that they all owe it to them.
      1. WW3
        WW3 31 October 2012 11: 48
        Samurai will not be able to fight on three fronts, there are Korea and China and Russia ... yes the samurai do not give up but they can make hara-kiri by the code. Amer sent AUG during a recent conflict over the island .... but they said let Japan understand it, we just watch ...
        1. nnz226
          nnz226 31 October 2012 13: 01
          Damn, HARAKIRI is a ritual knife that is in the hands of the client in the picture! The ceremony is called SEPPUKU! And it is done because it is impossible to take revenge on the offender, or if something could not be done and "lost face" ... This is not the last grenade to blow yourself up in the midst of enemies ...
          1. WW3
            WW3 31 October 2012 14: 12
            Harakiri literally translates as “cutting the stomach,” but the words “soul,” “intention,” and “secret meaning” are also written in the character “hara.” Harakiri is not trivial, but ritual suicide. In the past, only a real samurai could have made hara-kiri, experiencing contempt for death and defending his honor and dignity, his views, thoughts and judgments. Then, already in the Edo period, after the hara-kiri was formed as a worthy way of passing away from life, they even began to use it as a punishment for a crime committed.

            Seppuku and Harakiri. In Japanese, both of these words are written with the same hieroglyphs, but in a different order and are read in different ways. The hieroglyphs that came to Japanese from Chinese have two readings - Chinese and Japanese. Seppuku is Chinese, and Harakiri is a Japanese reading of the same characters.
            The meaning was clear and this is important ....
            1. akbarr
              akbarr 31 October 2012 16: 43
              In general, hara-kiri is a rude and inept seppuku
              1. WW3
                WW3 31 October 2012 17: 00
                The Kuril Islands will not get the result anyway - this is a summary. Read the material there if you are interested.
    3. Lucky
      Lucky 31 October 2012 18: 40
      Ah, I would look at this battle, I think the Japanese would sink the entire fleet of China!
      1. WW3
        WW3 31 October 2012 19: 15
        Quote: Lucky
        I think the Japanese would sink the entire fleet of China!

        Without a doubt, the Japanese fleet is newer + Japanese technology is a priori better than the Chinese, but Japan will not trample against everyone at once - the navel will be untied ... The USA will be the arbiter here, most likely, because it is beneficial for them that everyone "let off steam" and then the world gendarme will give the lying fighters with their club.
    4. beech
      beech 31 October 2012 20: 17
      maybe they still have to squeeze the island so as not to bark !!!)))
  2. omsbon
    omsbon 31 October 2012 08: 11
    Interesting article. (+)
    It turns out that you need to be friends with China very prudently, so as not to get stuck like the Japanese.
    Export and import are the leverage that China has successfully used.
  3. Forget
    Forget 31 October 2012 08: 56
    The Japanese come to work in Kazakhstan, we give you both oil and raw materials, you give us knowledge and technology .... I worked with them, class, they work a lot, discipline is high, respectful relations. We still miss the Japanese, thanks to JGC (Japan Gas Corporation). After them, the Chinese came, the fights of our workers with them began .......
    1. G_sl
      G_sl 31 October 2012 13: 40
      This is because, you hate the Chinese, and you respect the Yap and are ready to carry hi
      1. essenger
        essenger 1 November 2012 22: 12
        Do you like the Chinese?
  4. borisst64
    borisst64 31 October 2012 09: 21
    high level of external resource dependence, reaching 80%.
    The country's serious dependence on the world market for providing the missing types of food (self-sufficiency ratio of food - 40% - the lowest in the world)
    And after Fukushima, there are also problems in the energy sector.
    1. I-16M
      I-16M 31 October 2012 09: 41
      Resource addiction is colossal! But any product (mainly raw materials) is purchased in different countries in order to minimize dependence on a particular exporter. Eggs are not stored in one basket. wink
      1. Krasnodar
        Krasnodar 31 October 2012 10: 54
        No matter how they tear open these baskets (along with the contents)! And then imperial ambitions are good when the ass is covered!
        1. Poppy
          Poppy 31 October 2012 16: 44
          well, so they fought in World War II over resources
  5. mamba
    mamba 31 October 2012 09: 27
    Japan is the only state in the modern world that is a constitutional monarchical Empire.
    But Great Britain - is that a republic? And they have a constitution, and a queen, and call themselves an empire, if only because they unite several peoples, or rather three: the British, Scots and Irish. True, the latter are only partially in Northern Ireland. The empire, of course, is paper, more in the minds of the elite than in practice.
    But Japan, by no sign, is drawn to the empire, except for hypertrophic national swagger. This is just a small mono-ethnic kingdom under the protectorate of the United States. lol
    ... over the decade, a stereotype has formed that if a country could not achieve any tangible success under the new government, then it is time to change such a government.
    When will we form such a stereotype? There are more than enough reasons. angry
    1. Volodin
      31 October 2012 14: 01
      At the head of Japan is the emperor, and at the head of Great Britain is the queen (at the moment), and this queen does not name herself the empress, and therefore I repeat: Japan is the only state in the modern world that is a constitutional monarchical Empire (this is not the author who invented her status). Be careful when reading the articles ...
  6. Alexey
    Alexey 31 October 2012 10: 22
    "And what is Great Britain, a republic? And they have a constitution, and a queen, and they call themselves an empire."
    Great Britain is a monarchy, and it’s absolute .... But shhhh, you can't talk about it (just kidding). Most people do not know, but the queen’s power is higher than the power of parliament. she delegates this power, nothing more (and this is not a formality). Naturally, the UK does not have a constitution.
  7. Wertynskiy
    Wertynskiy 31 October 2012 10: 59
    In raising the rating, the Japanese government took the well-known path of finding a common enemy (Russia, China). The reception is famous and often used. In the orange Ukraine - that all the fat was eaten up, In Georgia - the northern occupiers, the Americans - the terrorists. and even the government often indulges in this.
    A sure sign - if the government of the state is looking for and voicing a common enemy, then things in other areas are completely bad.
    1. akbarr
      akbarr 31 October 2012 16: 47
      Precisely noticed, comrade. A small victorious war, many politicians feel it as the most "sure" option to save their ass, on the eve of its crucifixion yes