Something very amazing happened in the last election in Japan, they threw out the old guard, and replaced it with a much more progressive group of politicians. Apparently, no one saw that coming and it shocked everyone. Nevertheless, everything about the new Japanese government is different. This includes their stance on US military bases in their country.
The new Japanese Government wants to re-negotiate the military base and US Presence in Japan. This could change everything and the completely change the balance of power in the region and on that side of the Globe. Personally, I cannot think of a worse thing for the Japanese to do, it’s like shooting one’s self in the foot really. Right now the construction of a new US military base is going on in Japan and the agreement was made with the last group of government politicians, and the US is moving ahead.
Now the new Japanese government wants to change everything, and they may end up upsetting the United States military, and leave themselves vulnerable to other nations that might encroach on their territory.
For instance, the Kuril Islands are still in a territorial dispute with Russia. North Korea with nuclear weapons also poses a threat. The encroachment of an ever-growing China could also be problematic.
Fishing waters are being challenged too.
The question is; will Japanese renegotiate the old treaty, which would then allow them to have offense weapons in their military. Or does the new Japanese government, along with the population of Japan wish to have the Okinawa area for themselves, taking the US military out of there and then attempt to remain a neutral country in the future, thus, avoiding war? And would such a strategy work at all?
The United Nations may work to Japan’s favor if they wish to have their old military since they have been a peaceful nation since World War II. Still, it puts the US military in a not so good place to keep our allies safer in the region as China continues to grow its military and dominance in the region. This is a very serious issue and not enough people are talking about it. Please consider all this.