Monday, February 11, 2013

The Abe Cabinet's Ratings Continue Their Climb


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With support for the Abe Cabinet above the 70% line, Washington will not likely seeing a pliant or self-critical Abe Shinzo next week -- despite Abe's having no gifts to pull out of his travel bag

- no progress on the construction of a replacement facility for the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station

- no change in Japan's relationship with South Korea

- no meaningful promise regarding participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Indeed, one should expect the Abe stance vis-a-vis the Americans will be, "You may think you know what you want. However, you do not know what you want. What you really want is what I want."

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