The New Kids on the Block: East Asia’s New Leadership.

Nob Akimoto

Nob Akimoto is a policy analyst and part-time dungeon master. When not talking endlessly about matters of public policy, he is a dungeon master on the NWN World of Avlis

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8 Responses

  1. BlaiseP says:

    Thanks, Nob. Useful insights in this post. Though Japanese PM Abe is every bit the wretch you describe, do you see any hope for stronger Korean-Japanese relations, what with DPRK going berserk? I do.

    A common enemy makes for strange bedfellows: Saenuri/GNP is already composed of strange bedfellows, an untidy amalgam of every Conservative in South Korea, driven together by just such forces. Shinzou Abe, for all his crazy talk and insane denialism surrounding the WW2-era war criminals, has an abiding hatred for DPRK, related to the abductions of Japanese citizens. For it was Shinzou Abe who negotiated with DPRK to get those Japanese victims back onto Japanese soil and refused to send them back.

    DPRK has played its hand even more stupidly than usual. By creating the current security crisis, DPRK may have driven two natural enemies, Japan and South Korea, into each other’s arms.Report

    • Nob Akimoto in reply to BlaiseP says:

      I’d like to think that there’s hope for better Japan-Korea relations. Whatever the nutjob nationalists on both sides of the Sea of Japan think, there’s a lot more cultural affinity between more modern generations. Pop culture, foods, we have a lot in common and in some ways that’s transcending our political spats.

      That said, I can’t see Abe missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity. I know that’s my hatred of the man speaking, but he’s likely to take the tit-for-tat nationalist provocation to a level where he might ruin any chance of furthering a tripartiate alliance with the US and South Korea.Report

      • BlaiseP in reply to Nob Akimoto says:

        It’s been some years since I was in Japan. Japan’s got a fair bit of endemic racism stirred into the oden, I overheard some fairly disparaging remarks about the chosenjin == Korean people, who’ve lived in Japan time out of mind — and still haven’t been given Japanese citizenship. I just “love” the euphemism for them, zainichi == here-in-Japan-temporarily.

        You may be right: for PM Abe to get right with South Korea, he’d have to do something about the zainichi situation, too. That’s even less likely than a Korean-Japan alliance.Report

        • Nob Akimoto in reply to BlaiseP says:

          I think this is changing, albeit slowly.

          We’ll see what happens.

          Personally I’d be in favor of massively expanding immigration and making naturalization relatively easy. Say, speak fluent Japanese and be willing to take a Japanese last name, and you’re golden. If we can assimilate brazilian soccer plays, we should by all means be able to assimilate folks from asia.Report

  2. Chris says:

    Thank you for this, Nob.Report

  3. North says:

    I don’t know why but I feel optimistic about Asia and oddly this post made me feel even more optimistic. I can’t put my finger on why.Report