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PacNet #48 – Abe’s Challenge: Getting the Alliance, and Relations with Japan’s Neighbor’s, Right

Japan’s new prime minister, Abe Shinzo, has said he wants to make Japan “a country that is trusted and loved” by the entire world.  On the face of it, this should not be that difficult a task. After all, in the past 60 years, no nation has been more peace-loving, more committed to non-aggression and non-use of force, and more generous to its neighbors than Japan.