Arrghhhh. It is in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The quote must be accurate.
Here is what he supposedly said, in regards to the strategic importance of the Trans Pacific Partnership:
「日本が中国から見てなかなか手ごわいと思わせるような戦略的環境を整えていくことだ」Oh holy crap.
"Japan would be, seen from the point of view of China, arranging a strategic environment that [they] will see [us] as formidable." (ja).
As Corey Wallace has reported, any hint that the TPP is an anti-China front will send the Australians and the Kiwis packing (en). Well, this is not a hint: this a damn declaration.
A few weeks ago I was asked whether or not Nagashima, or "Aki" as he is known in certain Washington circles where he is beloved, has an influence on Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko's thinking.
For Amaterasu's sake, I sure hope not.