Opinion – Abe steals a march on China with South Asia tour | The Japan Times – John Gelmini

English: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at...

English: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As Dr Alf knows the Far Eastern mentality and the Indian mentality thinks in terms of tens of thousands of years.

The CEO of Matsushita when asked what that corporation’s strategy was and what period it covered was able to talk about it for some time before coming up with the term 250 years.

When the Japanese invaded Manchuria, the Chinese military strategy, was to fight for 100 years until the Japanese invaders had been removed.

In India, and much of Asia, people believe in reincarnation, a concept which possibly makes sense if you think of the young Mozart composing great symphonies from the age of four.

The common thread is they all look long term not at the numbers or EBIT data for the month, quarter and year.

They know that everything works in cycles, some of which can be thousands of years in the making, so even though the Japanese and the Chinese despise each other, they know that there has to be a level of coexistence although it may not be equal “Their cannot be two suns in the sky”.

Aligning with those cycles requires a strategy that goes with the flow of existence which of necessity makes it very long term.

Abe of Japan understands that, so does India’s Modi, the South Koreans and the Chinese.
This is why the “meek”(many in old Hebrew), will inherit the earth.

John Gelmini

Opinion – China publishes last of 45 Japanese war criminal confessions – People’s Daily Online – John Gelmini

Japanese Renault tank in Manchuria after Mukde...

Japanese Renault tank in Manchuria after Mukden Incident (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf wonders what Abe’s game is and I think it is fairly clear.

Abe is very right-wing and seeks to curry favor with extreme Japanese nationalists, who want to airbrush wartime atrocities out of the equation and stop paying reparations to China.

We see similar things with ex SS men who attend reunions in Germany to celebrate their nefarious activities even as  antisemitism is on the rise once more throughout Europe.

The Chinese (but not all of them), deep down, have a hatred of Japan which is going to take decades to remove given Abe’s standpoint, lack of remorse and belief that he can ignore what the Chinese think about certain disputed islands and go to war with America’s help.

There are people in the UK and Russia that feel the same way about Germany although memories in the West are much shorter than those of the Chinese who have a tradition of blaming descendants for the sins of ancestors in a manner that would make an elephant appear forgetful.

One hopes that the future belongs to the young and that we all get past these difficulties as those who now remember die off.

That means that the successor to Abe has to be a lot more straightforward in acknowledging what happened without the Chinese or anyone else having to rub salt in the wounds by publishing more confessions about events in Manchuria, Nanjing (where 500,000 people were murdered not 300,000).

In the meantime, tensions have to be reduced and not inflamed, unless those who want World War 3 are to get their way.

John Gelmini