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    Re: Will Japan go to war with ISIS

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    The answer is No. According to this Time magazine article; Why Japan Lacks Sympathy for the Hostages Held by ISIS; "While the clock ticks down for two Japanese hostages held by ISIS, their countrymen think they've brought the problem on themselves."

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    Re: Will Japan go to war with ISIS

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Their constitution (Partially written by your country I might add) precludes them from being able to go on foreign adventures unless there is a direct attack upon their country.

    This could change if the current government gets its way but even then, such a move would be very controversial with the Japanese public.

    The 600 some change Japanese Soldiers sent into Iraq under the Koizumi administration was controversial enough.
    I think Japan was sending in minesweepers too.
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    Re: Will Japan go to war with ISIS

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Japan has a sizable, competent and well equipped Defense Force partially due to perceived Chinese aggression.
    Perceived?
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    Re: Will Japan go to war with ISIS

    Quote Originally Posted by code1211 View Post
    Perceived?
    I am extremely biased in this regard as I believe categorically the Islands belong to Japan.

    But China has been flexing its muscles not just against the Senkaku Islands but also against many others, Vietnam, Philippines etc.

    Japan is in no national danger though.

    I've seen the geography of Southern Japan and their military capabilities.

    China could never invade effectively, not that they would anyway.

    The Senkaku as I understand has more to do with historical grievances and resources... not exactly new the the Japanese - Chinese relationship dynamic.

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    Re: Will Japan go to war with ISIS

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    I am extremely biased in this regard as I believe categorically the Islands belong to Japan.

    But China has been flexing its muscles not just against the Senkaku Islands but also against many others, Vietnam, Philippines etc.

    Japan is in no national danger though.

    I've seen the geography of Southern Japan and their military capabilities.

    China could never invade effectively, not that they would anyway.

    The Senkaku as I understand has more to do with historical grievances and resources... not exactly new the the Japanese - Chinese relationship dynamic.


    I know the tensions have been there for centuries.

    I think the tensions and the dislikes are less perceived than they are real.
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    Re: Will Japan go to war with ISIS

    Quote Originally Posted by code1211 View Post
    I know the tensions have been there for centuries.

    I think the tensions and the dislikes are less perceived than they are real.
    I dunno.

    It's a strange dynamic in many ways.

    Chinese don't like Japanese, pretty much end of story.

    But they love Japanese products, I saw thousands of Chinese tourists when I toured the country last year.

    There's a general animosity but I don't know if most young Chinese comprehend why they even dislike them which will cause it all to fizzle out.

    Japanese certainly don't care that much, then again I found politically they don't care about very much at all.

    They're pretty apathetic that way.

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    Re: Will Japan go to war with ISIS

    I'd be shocked if Japan officially "went to war" with anyone, for any reason, save the invasion of their country. Following WWII and the nuclear bombs, Japan has been incredibly anti-war both in policy and public opinion. Considering also the very real aging of their population and their resistance to immigration of non-Japanese descent, I can't see them willingly wanting to put their younger generation, such as it is, in harms way for the sake of two stupid fools who put themselves in harms way in a country that has zero national interest to them.
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    Re: Will Japan go to war with ISIS

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Japan has a sizable, competent and well equipped Defense Force partially due to perceived Chinese aggression.
    That they do, but they don't have the ability to project to the Middle East. At least not by themselves. They'd have to join an already existing coalition.
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    Re: Will Japan go to war with ISIS

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    I dunno.

    It's a strange dynamic in many ways.

    Chinese don't like Japanese, pretty much end of story.

    But they love Japanese products, I saw thousands of Chinese tourists when I toured the country last year.

    There's a general animosity but I don't know if most young Chinese comprehend why they even dislike them which will cause it all to fizzle out.

    Japanese certainly don't care that much, then again I found politically they don't care about very much at all.

    They're pretty apathetic that way.


    My view of the geopolitical situation there is only academic. The invasion of China during WW2 I assume would have ruffled some feathers there.

    The being apathetic part is surprising to me only in that when I have dealt with anyone Japanese in business they are anything but apathetic. Committed, detail orientated and very concerned about the successful completion of their assignment.

    That is very interesting. I suppose those who are sent abroad from Japan are a more disciplined cut of the cloth.

    It must be very interesting to be immersed in a different culture both for them and for you.
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    Re: Will Japan go to war with ISIS

    Quote Originally Posted by code1211 View Post
    My view of the geopolitical situation there is only academic. The invasion of China during WW2 I assume would have ruffled some feathers there.

    The being apathetic part is surprising to me only in that when I have dealt with anyone Japanese in business they are anything but apathetic. Committed, detail orientated and very concerned about the successful completion of their assignment.

    That is very interesting. I suppose those who are sent abroad from Japan are a more disciplined cut of the cloth.

    It must be very interesting to be immersed in a different culture both for them and for you.
    Sorry I should have been more specific.

    Politically I found the Japanese to be apathetic to an extreme degree.

    What you've described in their work ethic is 100% accurate.

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