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it just doesn't make sense that successive Japanese governments would continually debase themselves and cave in to hectoring U.S. demands for no reason except they want to be seen to "be on good terms" with the Americans

Uh, what? Replace "Japanese" with just about any European country and you have a fair description of the public debate on foreign policy...

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 5th, 2010 at 02:56:06 PM EST
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