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04 Mar 2016
How Japan Can Finally Say "No"

In 1990, the controversial right-wing Governor of Tokyo, Ishihara Shintaro, published "The Japan That could Say No: Why Japan Will probably be First Among Equals". Nearly 20 years later, many Japanese are nevertheless pondering if or when Japan can "say no" on the United States, the target of Ishihara's book. Since end of The second world war (WWII), Japan did closely with the United states of america on issues of East Asian security. Still, if America is just not careful in addressing Japanese concerns, specially in regard to North Korea, this could create a tipping point in U.S. - Japanese relations, where Tokyo significantly breaks with Washington over foreign policy.