by John Galt
August 28, 2016 17:50 ET
The American people continue to slumber through their summer of heat, discontent, and insane politics while the rest of the world appears to be posturing for a major war.
The Senkaku Islands dispute heated up recently when the Chinese sent hundreds of fishing vessels with Coast Guard escorts into the disputed waters. This had the intended effect of illustrating that the United States was impotent in this affair and that the Japanese government would not act or react without America’s tacit approval.
Last week Nikkei-TV conducted a poll and the story released today was disturbing from a world peace perspective:
TOKYO — Some 55% of Japanese say the government should take a harsher stance against China, whose ships have sailed into Japan’s territorial waters on multiple occasions recently, a Nikkei-TV Tokyo poll conducted Friday through Sunday found.
Chinese ships have entered Japanese territorial waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea since the beginning of August. Sailing through Japanese-controlled waters has become the norm for China, and Tokyo has repeatedly protested these actions. But the two governments also are trying to arrange a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 meeting early next month in Hangzhou, China.
Among supporters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, 63% want a stronger response from Japan. But a majority of supporters among coalition member Komeito and the opposition Democratic Party favored increased dialogue.
The survey shows approval for the Abe government by 62% of the Japanese public, four percentage points higher than in the previous poll conducted Aug. 9-11. Disapproval fell five points to 27%.
With the Japanese government diverting resources from the new Quantitative Easing program of the Bank of Japan now being used to build up the defense industry for the Japanese nation, odds are the militarization program will only accelerate after the hostility between the two nations.