Editorial, Globe and Mail | December 18, 2008
“Japan’s near-total opposition to participating in its allies’ military struggles is no longer defensible.” ++ Having made an “easy transition to democracy” after World War Two and now enjoying economic success and stability, Japan has no justification for shying away from the same responsibilities as its counterparts. ++ “Robust Japanese participation” in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq would be of enormous benefit to its allies’ efforts. ++ Japan in fact hosts Asia’s most powerful military. ++ It is high time that it pulled its weight.