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There seems to be some indication that the new government in Japan is interested in moving toward closer relations with China and being less cozy with the US.
by Richard Lyon (rllyon@gmail.com) on Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 at 09:45:40 AM EST
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Indeed.  But my feeling is that a lot of the sinophobia in Japan is "grass roots", not government-led.  While a more China-positive government in Japan will hopefully help, a significant change in popular perceptions of China will probably have to be ground-up.

The march of civilizations is a series of defenses that man has put up against the dread of pure existence.
by marco on Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 at 10:16:37 AM EST
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I recently saw an article about cash flush middle class Chinese going on shopping binges in Tokyo. Closer economic ties might be a means of burring the past.
by Richard Lyon (rllyon@gmail.com) on Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 at 10:27:53 AM EST
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Actually, shopping-binges by Chinese "nouveaux riches" in Tokyo are probably not the sort of "closer economic ties" that will improve things.  Ironically, back in 1986, I remember hearing locals grumble about cash-flush middle class Japanese going on shopping binges ... in Paris!

The march of civilizations is a series of defenses that man has put up against the dread of pure existence.
by marco on Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 at 11:10:02 AM EST
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Indeed, the elites are not the people.

I wonder if the cross-Chinese-Sea popularity of manga/manhua and anime has a small but wider positive effect, though.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 at 01:10:38 PM EST
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Elites do have a disproportionate ability to influence public opinion in a direction that supports their interest.
by Richard Lyon (rllyon@gmail.com) on Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 at 01:15:27 PM EST
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Also in the opposite way...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 at 01:50:47 PM EST
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It would be nice if there would be Chinese and Japanese leaders at the same time who would see the Franco-German rappochement as an example to follow. (Of course, it could not be followed 1:1, given the much stronger economic and size differences between the partners.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 at 01:14:29 PM EST
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There some early stirrings for the creation of an AU.
by Richard Lyon (rllyon@gmail.com) on Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 at 01:16:34 PM EST
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