Newly-appointed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech during his first press conference in Tokyo on December 26.(TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Newly-appointed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech during his first press conference in Tokyo on December 26.
(TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

Hawks Ascend to Power in Asia

December 27, 2012  •  From theTrumpet.com
China’s belligerency is spawning a resurgence of nationalism in Northeast Asia.
 

Japan and South Korea underwent leadership changes this week, which means all four of North Asia’s major powers now have different leaders in office since this time last year. As these nations undergo leadership transitions, they’re also jockeying for position in a shifting world order, which places China in a dominant role.

Japan’s new premier is the grandson of a World War ii minister who helped run Japanese-occupied Manchuria, and who later tried to abolish the pacifist clause in Japan’s constitution. China is now ruled by the son of a Communist Chinese revolutionary hero—who was a close comrade of Chairman Mao. And both Koreas are now in the hands of descendants of Cold War dictators.

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