Monday, April 09, 2012

Redefining Normal For Japan


That is the sound that this essay by Soeya Yoshihide, Director of Keio University's Institute of East Asian Studies, makes. It delivers a punishing blow to the arguments of a raft of U.S. and U.K. monographs and op-eds published over the last two decades on the significance of Japan's normalization in military affairs.

Given the number of targets it hits, it is the whack-a-mole of blog posts.

Thwack! Thwack! Thwack!

1 comment:

Sigma1 said...

Bet me to the punch! In my research it was interesting to see how many Japanese scholars and analysts were quick to refer to Soeya's ideas only to disparage them. Good to see a response, even if I think his conclusion is as equally unconvincing as those that he assails.