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PacNet #3 – False choices for Tokyo

A gloom is settling over Tokyo. A recent visit revealed deep and deepening frustration and anxiety as Japanese contemplate strategic options. Decision makers in Tokyo have framed their choices in overly simple terms that do not reflect the range of possibilities in foreign and security policy. Worse, Japanese behavior today threatens to limit future choices. While the roots of Japan’s insecurity will endure, Japanese can take steps to ease anxieties, create more options, and raise the comfort level.