If Japan lost Senkaku, it would lose a significant portion of of its frontline defense. Moreover, a weak-kneed response will lead to similar results in other fields.
Hideshi Takesada, a Japanese professor of Asian Studies at Yonsei University of South Korea and a former researcher at Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies. He says a a rising tide of nationalism in Japan could yet push the officially pacifist government into confrontation with China. (AFP)