In a chatty, laid-back piece for The Diplomat Robert Dujarric wonders why Prime Minister Abe Shinzo seems to have so little commitment to concrete action strengthening Japan's self-defense capacities. (Link)
The snap, smarty-pants answer?
"Transforming Japan into a country both at peace with its neighbors and capable of defending itself and its core interests would involve real sacrifice."
Put another way, beneath all revisionism and nationalist posturing is a desperate attempt to avoid doing actual work.