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I've heard it suggested that after North Korea sunk a naval ship of South Korea, Japan was politically driven back in the arms of the USA, and they pushed the advantage.

Would like to hear corrections or additional information on that, if someone knows a bit more.

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Sat May 29th, 2010 at 05:11:41 AM EST
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The Japanese government was also stuck in a hard position.  They had promised to move the base, but couldn't find anyplace that was happy to take the base, and closing the base entirely was simply not an option.  The Korean tensions gave them an excuse to take one, among many, of the bad options.
by Zwackus on Sun May 30th, 2010 at 12:05:57 AM EST
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closing the base entirely was simply not an option

And that's a sad thing if they thought so.

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

by DoDo on Sun May 30th, 2010 at 05:19:32 AM EST
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