Military Review

Tit and Crane

The recent visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Washington was accompanied by noisy protests of the population in Okinawa and shelling from an improvised mortar (and this is not the first such case) of a US base in Kanagawa Prefecture. The completely open hatred of the Japanese population for the American military presence did not prevent the leaders of the two countries to discuss current relations in a warm atmosphere. Moreover, the Japanese leader was received with such honor that no one of his predecessors was honored.

Tit and Crane

This honor, of course, turned out to be not just. Thus, Barack Obama clearly demonstrated to Congress and the entire American its concrete actions on the long-announced reversal to the Pacific Ocean. After all, in the United States for any big business you need clarity, a show and demonstration of the visit of the leader of the allied country for these purposes is quite suitable.

However, practical planes are much more important than visible effects. For example, negotiations on Trans-Pacific cooperation, which are quite difficult, because Japan fears an influx of agricultural products from the United States. Russia should be primarily interested in the military-political component, and it bears a very important, without exaggeration historical nature.

American officials have already said that the new principles of bilateral military relations will abolish any geographical restrictions for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, which allows Japan to participate in defense operations around the world with the permission of parliament. In accordance with the previous agreements, Japanese and American operations were focused on the protection of Japanese territories.

Secretary of State John Kerry said that the agreements represent a historic breakthrough for Japan and its alliance with the United States. “Today we celebrate the creation of a new potential of Japan, which is able to protect not only its territory, but also the United States, as well as other partners as needed,” he said, speaking in New York to US and Japanese officials. “This will increase Japan’s security and contribute contribute to regional peace and stability. "

"The current principles are unlimited in geography," added Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. "This is a very big change."

President Obama, in turn, reaffirmed that the United States remains firmly committed to providing military assistance to Japan in the event of a conflict with third countries. The size and nature of this military assistance will obviously vary depending on the degree of threat and the specific owner of the White House. So, the assumptions that Tokyo will be left in the face of threats from China and the DPRK have no basis. There are several reasons for this.

The first is the legal side. Japan and the United States are bound by a security treaty. Ignoring it would cast doubt on US guarantees in other parts of the world. For example, a treaty on military assistance within NATO. Yes, and direct image losses from the surrender of the main Asian ally will be enormous. Moreover, the administration that decides to do so will lose seats in the White House and Congress for a long time - voters and political opponents will not forgive weaknesses.

Japan is extremely important to the USA as the largest economy. Japanese transnational corporations, in fact, are Japanese-American, linked in an inseparable whole. The country of the rising sun is at the same time a major producer of sought-after goods and a key sales market, for example, for the American agricultural industry.

No less important is the geostrategic cause. Japan is the key to Asia and the Pacific. The Japanese island of Minami-Ivo, attributed to the metropolitan prefecture of Tokyo, is just 340 kilometers from the US-owned island of Faraglion-de-Paharos, which is part of the Mariana Islands. Marcus Island (Japan) is located in 1400 km from the famous Wake Atoll. The loss of Japan as a strategic beachhead poses a threat to the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii. And in the future, and the very American continent.

Understanding all this, the current US administration wants to show that it can not only demand, but give in return, so as not to inflame already strong anti-American sentiments. A preliminary agreement was reached on the transfer of Futemma's marine base from the densely populated part of Okinawa to outside Japan - an important and sensitive issue over which diplomats have been fighting for decades. If the base is moved from Okinawa to Guam, and the US President described the agreement in just that way, then this will be an important victory for Shinzo Abe in the domestic field, where the public has long demanded the elimination of this legacy of the occupation period. It is no secret that it is in Okinawa that the population is most negatively disposed towards the ruling party and now there is a chance to improve the situation.

The agreement on Okinawa also became a kind of compensation for Japan from the White House for spoiled relations with Russia, where an unprecedented breakthrough was planned before the Ukrainian epic began.

The Japanese themselves express well-founded claims in the press and blogs to the renewed alliance with the United States. No, patriotic citizens are not at all against strengthening the country's military power, but there are not unreasonable concerns about how this power will be used. In the meantime, everything looks in such a way that the Self-Defense Forces will become another US auxiliary army, such as how the British and French are now carrying out similar tasks. And Japanese taxpayers will pay for all this, and they have a reasonable question: “In exchange for what benefits are these victims?”

Logically, the collective defense provisions should come into force when the aggressor attacks not only Japan or the USA, but also the state with which both Tokyo and Washington are allied. At the same time, the attacked state does not have to be located in East Asia. It may belong to Europe or the Gulf region.

At the same time, it is necessary to take into account the peculiarity of American foreign policy, when any disagreeable country is appointed as global evil, against which a crusade is immediately being gathered.

The epoch of the new redivision of the world, as we have already seen, suggests a flock of attacks on the one appointed to be a victim. At one time, Japan itself was in such a position, now it is gradually becoming the predator, even if in a pack under the guidance of others. The example of other former Axis countries is inspiring - for example, Italy has long been freed from military restrictions, built its own aircraft carriers and participates in military expeditions.

Anyway, the Japanese government expectedly preferred a bird in its hands to a crane hovering in the sky. In the role of tits is a long-standing US-Japan alliance, and the prospect of normalization of relations with Russia serves as a crane. Almost simultaneously with a visit to the United States, it was announced that Abe would not fly to Moscow for the Victory Parade on May 9, but at the same time the Japanese ambassador would officially represent the Land of the Rising Sun. In addition, the Japanese Prime Minister 30 even sent Putin a personal letter explaining the formal reasons for the absence of the Victory Parade, thus making it clear that he was forced to take such a step - thereby observing the necessary politeness. So, Tokyo does not burn all the bridges behind it, although diplomatic breakthroughs in such an atmosphere are hardly worth the wait.

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  1. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 1 May 2015 06: 29
    open hatred of the Japanese population for the American military presence

    Hatred is present, but some kind of it is home, kitchen. Once or twice a year they will gather, make some noise, and again silence. According to the so-called. They have more passion for the "northern territories" than for the occupation of their country.
    1. Oberon812
      Oberon812 1 May 2015 12: 10
      With fuse, everything is simple: "Northern Territories" is far away, and you can make some noise. And the US military base is nearby, they can give it in the head, it's scary.
      1. jjj
        jjj 1 May 2015 15: 14
        And Obama’s sock in the top photo is not protocol. It should be like knee-highs almost to the knees, so that in such a pose from under the trouser legs, bare legs were not visible. This case shows the absolute ignorance of the protocol service. If only because the photo is replicated. Filmed, after all, inside the car number 1 not paparazzi
        1. psdf
          psdf 2 May 2015 04: 44
          And Abamka loves to stare at his feet and the protocol service with all the working environment of the White House loves him. :)
      2. Lelek
        Lelek 1 May 2015 19: 19
        Quote: Oberon812
        And the US military base is nearby, they can give a head on, scary.

        By the way, the Americans (Obama) stuttered that they were leaving Okinawa. What would that mean?
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    3. siberalt
      siberalt 1 May 2015 16: 16
      I don’t understand one thing. Why in Moscow do not regularly hold rallies at the embassies of Japan and the United States against the barbaric nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Or does Russia pay little from its budget for its NPOs? Need 2 lard last year will not be enough?
  2. Pissarro
    Pissarro 1 May 2015 06: 45
    An aging empire is shifting defense functions to the barbarians, there is nothing new under the sun. After some time, the barbarians will realize that they are fighting at their own expense in the interests of others. Or will not smile
  3. Dinko
    Dinko 1 May 2015 07: 18
    It should be added that the indigenous people of Okinawa are not Japanese.
  4. Rurikovich
    Rurikovich 1 May 2015 07: 30
    Now, possible statements about the Kuril Islands should be seen as an encroachment on the integrity of the country with all the ensuing consequences. If you lead to a simpler one, then Japan is essentially a cheap thing, which gives only to the one who has it specifically and a letter of explanation of this kind is whisper in my ear that as soon as the Master turns his back, I’ll run to you ... lol Do not run away !!! And no matter how diplomats show miracles of verbiage, judge by deeds! Dot.
  5. Yurmix
    Yurmix 1 May 2015 07: 35
    Here's what kills me smoked besides his arrogant stupidity, is his disrespect from his interlocutors. Chewing gum and an American pose to lift one's legs, and yet the etiquette of the first persons is a state of reflection of the essence of the country itself.
    1. Fast
      Fast 1 May 2015 09: 22
      Probably cocaine is mixed in his chewing gum, it is not really difficult to quit smoking as is commonly believed, I tried it, it’s anxious for two hard days, it doesn’t last a third day, and here for years people have been powdering their brains, suspiciously.
  6. NEXUS
    NEXUS 1 May 2015 07: 49
    we must not forget one moment, the United States used atomic weapons in Japan. And no nation will forget this, even though pro-American forces are trying to erase this fact of history from the heads of the younger generation of Japanese people. the side that the United States actually represents for the Japanese and Japan in general.
    1. Ramzaj99
      Ramzaj99 1 May 2015 20: 26
      Quote: NEXUS
      we must not forget one moment, the United States used atomic weapons in Japan. And no nation will forget this, even though pro-American forces are trying to erase this fact of history from the heads of the younger generation of Japanese people. But you cannot conceal the awl in a bag and the task of our media is to clearly explain that the side that the United States actually represents for the Japanese and Japan in general

      Far from a fact !!
      So you know that during the last survey of youth in Japan, to the question:
      Who did Japan fight and who bombed it with nuclear weapons, the USA or Russia! (namely Russia, not the USSR) - almost 70% answered that Russia.
      So much for genetic memory ...
      1. NEXUS
        NEXUS 1 May 2015 21: 44
        Quote: Ramzaj99
        So you know that during the last survey of youth in Japan, to the question:
        Who did Japan fight and who bombed it with nuclear weapons, the USA or Russia! (namely Russia, not the USSR) - almost 70% answered that Russia.

        I know this fact. BUT ... I want to show you that one of the late liberals of Russia spoke about it all,Valery Novodvorskaya

        For example, I don’t really care how many missiles a democratic America launches on undemocratic Iraq. For me, the more the better. Just as I am completely not terrified of the trouble that happened with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But look, what kind of candy came from Japan. Just snickers. Seven in Tokyo, a liberal parliament is available.

        And you are talking about the Japanese to me here when liberal idiots in Russia say this to the whole country. And my question then arises, if we ourselves allow the spoilers to spit on the history of such figures, citizens of Russia, what do we expect from citizens of other countries?
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  7. Hubun
    Hubun 1 May 2015 07: 51
    refused to come to the parade, probably in August in Washington for the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    1. Vasyan1971
      Vasyan1971 1 May 2015 08: 11
      Naturally. This is because Stalin threw atomic bombs. Che do not go, do not hang out.
    2. rotmistr60
      rotmistr60 1 May 2015 08: 46
      And what a parade for him. They fought with America and fought for several years. And the Soviet Army came (then Soviet) and immediately came the scribe of the Kwantung Army. And China breathed a sigh of relief, and it played into the hands of the Americans. An analogue of the Nuremberg trial of the Japanese guilty of war crimes was held in Khabarovsk.
  8. Colonel
    Colonel 1 May 2015 08: 55
    defense operations around the world

    It's cooler than "slightly hating" and "a little pregnant"
    1. Kibalchish
      1 May 2015 09: 17
      Literal translation from English. Translated by myself. But in fact, everything is logical here.
      Suppose, somewhere, country A attacked country B and the Americans and Japanese sail to help country B - this is what is meant. The question is how it will look in practice.
  9. Free wind
    Free wind 1 May 2015 11: 00
    The Japanese hate the Americans, how wonder they hate them? They build factories in America, buy goods and food from America, etc. , in general, hatred beats over the edge. Japan is unable to provide itself with food. Agricultural production in Japan is very much supported by the government, and not so much for food production. But because, as some emperor put it, "the spirit of the nation lives in the Japanese village"
  10. Bijo
    Bijo 1 May 2015 13: 29
    Obama has an ankle like a hoof. And the shoes are nailed to the hoof with nails. wink Abe is sitting in some sort of shit. Looks like from Obama now "bream" will receive, in the photo already and the hand is brought.
  11. VadimSt
    VadimSt 1 May 2015 14: 21
    Cool and not requiring explanation to the article photo. I would not even be surprised if Obama still took off his shoes and put his feet on the back of the front row of seats!
  12. IAlex
    IAlex 1 May 2015 14: 59
    The USA’s end is directly analogous to the Roman Empire, in which the navel was finally unleashed. Now the USA is going through the times of the division of Rome when it rotted politically and economically, and to reduce costs the army began to recruit barbarians from the occupied territories to defend the borders of the Roman Empire, and in our time Aboriginal people from the occupied territories. :)))
  13. asar
    asar 1 May 2015 16: 30
    Shinzo Abe! Why do you have such a sad face? Why is there some kind of "obizyan" sitting "like a kid in front of a girl in a bar" with you ?! Where is the Bushido Code? Where is National Pride? What is Barack Obama, and WHAT is Japan ?!
  14. monopodman
    monopodman 1 May 2015 18: 32
    And why do normal Japanese love the United States? For nuclear bombs in their cities? For occupation and complete dependence? And they actually have no choice - only with the expression of a pug, to look into the eyes (no matter how hard they hit) and lick humiliatingly in the hope that the owner will not get angry.
  15. Greenwood
    Greenwood 1 May 2015 19: 56
    Lord, does this monkey even behave at least at official receptions and meetings? Either he chews gum, then he gives honor to soldiers with coffee in his hands, then he lifts his leg ... Such behavior is unworthy of the head of state.
    1. Khagysh
      Khagysh 1 May 2015 20: 07
      He is the nominal head of state, and the actual he is a pea buffoon. Senators like McCain rule in the United States. A jester dances to their tune, and this is obvious.
  16. GUKTU
    GUKTU 1 May 2015 21: 01
    I look at the photo. From childhood it’s interesting. That’s how to lift your legs is convenient ?? And how does the interlocutor feel when Obama shows him socks?
  17. Free wind
    Free wind 1 May 2015 21: 29
    I can't sit like that. For me it is very uncomfortable, "leg to leg" yes. "Shin to leg" is very unpleasant and uncomfortable. well, okay, as the ancient Chukchi proverb says: "whoever wants it, and others ... oh ..... cheat, the result .." you need to be friends, not fight. "Happy holiday to you, my dear friends. !! !!!!
  18. Hannibal Lecter
    Hannibal Lecter 2 May 2015 02: 48
    Abe in a hippopotamus sits like a girl on marriageable age (or described). I thought the Japanese, like us, are mammals, but no, it seems like reptiles. You can’t probably eat a lot of seafood, you’ll become a Japanese.
  19. den4ik
    den4ik 2 May 2015 05: 36
    does italy have aircraft carriers?
  20. Vladimir 23rus
    Vladimir 23rus 2 May 2015 16: 23
    1500 nuclear charges may not be enough. I understand this more clearly.