Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-XIV/Third-Class Politicians Only Provide Third-Rate Policy-XXIII

People are wondering if Japan has its own foreign policy. Unfortunately, no one knows the answer. One of the major reasons is that Japan system is not opaque, and the Japanese system is extremely difficult to understand (even for Japanese citizens). The system is based upon who you know, how you know, what you know etc. You have to make connections to be successful in the Japanese system. Japanese politics is basically controlled by bureaucrats who passed the civil service examination to get into ministries. The Japanese politicians do not have much capability anyway; they have to rely heavily on bureaucrats. When bureaucrats make “bad” recommendations or suggestions to politicians, Japanese foreign policy gets into trouble. The “August 15 landing of Chinese on the Diaoyu Islands” shows the downfalls of the Japanese system.

When the DPJ took power in September 2009, the Japanese politics should have changed because the manifesto of DPJ is to get rid of bureaucratic power in the Japanese system. After Hatoyama Yukio was forced to resign (by the United States) because he launched his “East Asian Community,” Prime Minister Kan Naoto fundamentally reversed the course (controlling by the bureaucrats) laid down by the LDP, which controlled Japan for over half a century.

On 7 September 2010 after the Chinese fishing trawler collision incident in the East China Sea occurred, Kan took “old” style political approach by listening to soi-disant “experts.” As a result, Prime Minister Kan made a misjudgment in addressing the issue by putting the Chinese fishing boat captain in prison. As a result, China and Japan was almost went to “war” until Japan released the Chinese captain.

Sadly, this time when the Chinese nationalists were deported to China, almost all Japanese newspapers have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Noda regime’s decision. Unfortunately, no newspaper realized that they are also the problem because they have promoted and created so many “experts” in Japan. Unfortunately, no politician, no newspaper, in Japan is willing to taking any responsibility.

Source: The Japanese Nationalists landed at the islets. WSJ Japan edition (access date: 22 August 212).

Source: The Chinese Nationalists in Hong Kong.  Global Times (19 August 2012).

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