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The conformist aspects of Japanese society makes events like the hostage crisis particularly emotionally disturbing for its people. That trauma is compounded by the fact that I don't think most Japanese saw this coming. Many will realize out of this that they too are a part of global society, rather than an isolated island nation.

Kent Calder, director of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at SAIS/Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. (AP) Read

Japan lacks the necessary forces for an overseas rescue. They aren’t organized or equipped or trained for such missions, even if they were ordered to undertake them. That requires a lot resources in terms of manpower, equipment, transportation and intelligence resources.

Grant Newsham, senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, in Tokyo, saying that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has no military options for dealing with hostage situations. (TIME magazine) Read

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