Japan, the Toothless Tiger

Japan, the Toothless Tiger

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East Asia: the world's most dangerous flash point brought to life by a true insider. Once a political and economic powerhouse, Japan now finds herself severely weakened and in a very troubling situation with a belligerent and expansionist China on one side and a still-influential but distant and waning America on the other. Declan Hayes draws on his experiences teaching in Japan for over a decade at Tokyo's Sophia University to give an insider's perspective on this topic, placing the Pacific situation in a political context. Hemmed in by mounting tensions with China over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands and facing nuclear threats from North Korea, what should Japan do? Should she rearm? Should she get the bomb? What are the consequences of rearming, or not rearming? In this second edition, Professor Hayes includes a preface with updates about recent developments in Asia. As the permanent interests of China and Japan, East Asia's main protagonists, do not and cannot change, Japan: The Toothless Tiger is even more relevant now than when it was first published.
Publisher: [United States] : Tuttle Publishing : Made available through hoopla, 2001
ISBN: 9781462904525
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Nov 16, 2017

This book had a strong advocacy of rearming Japan to the hilt but only with “defensive” weapons including atomic as well as state-of-the art air and sea power. Granted that it was written nearly two decades ago before the 2001 terrorists attack on the United States, and that China has become the world’s second, and rising, world economy, it is understandable that some of its predictions are mistaken and that it may not be a good idea for Japan to fully rearm today. However, I found it very annoying that the author trumpets rearming Japan too many times. In one breath he mentions how horrible Japan was during its time of occupation of Korea and attacks on China and that it is inevitable that China will control the Far East and that the U.S. will leave it to them, and in another breath urging Japan to rearm anyway.
I do agree that China will eventually be the major power in Asia, but I cannot understand that Japan bristling with weapons but with a vulnerable landmass and a smaller population could prevent it for long. Reading this book might help one understand that our ideas today may be turned over in not too much time.

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