But how long will these Japanese kids keep looking longingly at Uncle Sam. Here in Asia, China is the new number one. Isn’t it time for Japan to find a new lover?
KATHY MATSUI: “Of course China remains a very important export market for Japan. There is no question behind that, but in relative terms the US has actually almost come back in a way. If you look at the trade statistics, the US has again overtaken China to become Japan’s largest trading partner. So the importance of the United States to Japan has actually come back as significant, very relevant, and much more relevant, frankly, today than a few years ago. And more relevant than, say, Japans relationship vis-a-vis China.”
And it’s not just trade. What you’re looking at here are not soldiers. Officially, Japan is not allowed to have any army, navy, or air force.So what on earth is all this?
Reporter: “The Japanese government now wants to end this absurdity and call this, what it so obviously is: a military.And it wants to use these forces not just to defend Japan, but also to help defend its friends and neighbors. And there is one very simple reason, and it’s called China.”
The rise of China is making Japan extremely nervous. That makes it want to build up its own military forces. But it also means Japan wants to stay closer than ever to its old lover and protector: The United States. Ruperbin Viewhey BBC News in Tokyo.
: BBC news.