Orientalist Maslov explains why Abe supported strengthening ties between Japan and the USA

22.07.2022, Moscow.

With the removal of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the US trend in Japanese politics will not go away, Professor, Director of the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Moscow State University Aleksey Maslov said in an interview published in the Essence of Time newspaper, issue 490.

Abe was the one who supported the rapprochement between Japan and the US, because he understood that Japan alone could not cope with China, recalled the orientalist. Moreover, we are not talking about military, but rather about technological and financial confrontation.

He reminded that in regards to technological advancement, Japanese are losing to Chinese in terms of price, implementation, and distribution.

“For example. when Shinzo Abe was serving as Japanese Prime Minister, the well-known Sony corporation was supposed to manufacture its products in Malaysia, Indonesia and China, but for some reason not in Japan,” notes the orientalist.

“Obviously, we are not seeing any reduction in the cost of Japanese technology, and if it continues like this, the country will simply be swept away somewhere to the periphery,” he said.

“Of course, Abe played a very important role in negotiations with the USA, and until recently, he continued to be an absolutely truly active politician. And needles to say, with the removal of Abe, the US trend in Japanese politics will not go away,” believes Maslov.

The fact is that Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is generally a pro-US party and it will remain to be a supporter of the US interests even after Abe’s death.

“At this moment, the US is again gaining popularity in Japan, because China is becoming ‘dangerous’. China is a direct threat to the Japanese economy in many ways,” said the orientalist.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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