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September 27, 2012

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gg

There is no anti-Japanese sentiment among Mongolians at all. On the contrary, Mongolians respect and admire Japan very much. Mongols and the Japanese share the same noble Altaic ancestry that are completely unrelated to the Han chinese. Mongols and Japanese are also culturally closer in having more spiritual values unlike the materialistic hans.

jamie

oh, wow: ladies and gentlemen, I give you pan-Altaism.

shah8

Well, China wants one of those Korean islets near the Korean peninsula. Will SK stay aligned?

In general, I think most neighboring countries have far more concerns with China as an immediate concern than they do with Japan. Whatever the spirit of communal disgust at previous Japanese actions might exist, they do not spill over into current geopolitics.

Leinad

Also, many Indonesias and Malays have bad memories of Japanese occupation but that is much less common among the political elites of both countries, many of whose parents and grandparents got into prime position for postcolonial rule under the occupation.

ajay

Really? Like who, specifically?

ajay

Sukarno, obviously, but who else?

Chris Williams

Hmm... my crappy memory of something I read a few years ago - probably Karl Hack's edited collection 'Colonial Armies in SE Asia' - tells me that in Indonesia at least, it wasn't just the top ranks: the Japanese raised a local defence militia and allowed local nationalists to run it. On a relatively short leash, but when the leash fell off in 1945, this was useful against the Dutch and provided quite a bit of organisational experience. NB: this applies purely to Indonesia.

Richard J

Doesn't rely apply to Singapore either, does it? Applies to South Korea to a large extent though, IIRC.

jamie

Ferdinand Marcos' father was tied to four water buffaloes and torn apart by Hukbalahap guerillas for collaboration with the Japanese.

I don;t think it's a matter of forming an outright anti-Japanese alliance; more a means of disrupting an anti-China front through a reminder that lot's of countries have historical issues with Japan and so would not welcome a resurgence of Japanese nationalism.

Edmundharbord

"When asked if the recent purchase of Senkaku Island by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) contributed to the deterioration of the Sino-Japan relationship, Ishihara countered ‘things like economy and other interests are acceptable to lose, but losing the national culture or tradition, and being subordinated to that kind of country (China) is far far worse,’ adding that he does this ‘to rescue Japan.’"

I can't read Korean - is the error here by the translator, or in the original Yonhap news article?

Given that the Senkaku's (a) haven’t changed hands since the 70’s (b) aren’t all owned by the same person [1] and (c) even the three that appear to be on the point of being sold to the (national) government have been leased by Soumushou for a decade anyway...

[1] The reason the English language media always refers to them being owned “by the same family” is that one bloke owns Uotsurijima, Kita Kojima, and Minami Kojima, while his sister owns Kubashima. (Taishoujima is owned by the Government already; Kubashima is rented by the Ministry of Defence, and I was told today that the USA sub-lets it for military purposes, although I am not sure if this is correct)

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