OtherGround Forums 1 in 10 JPN want Trump to be Prez

5 days ago
8/20/08
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In Japan, a second term of ‘foolhardy’ Trump is viewed unfavourably amid US-China rivalry

  • Just 1 in 10 people believe a second term for US President Donald Trump would be positive for Japan, according to a poll
  • Possible fallout from a trade row, coronavirus cases linked to US troops in Japan, and military conflict in the Asia-Pacific are cited as causes for concern

Julian RyallJulian Ryall

Published: 7:15am, 23 May, 2020

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3085643/japan-second-term-foolhardy-trump-viewed-unfavourably-amid-us

 

The respondents cited the possibility of the fallout from a US-China trade war, additional cases of the

coronavirus

linked to US troops in Japan, or even a military conflict in the Asia-Pacific region as grounds for their concern.

In the survey, 57 per cent of Japanese indicated a victory for Trump in November would be “negative” for Japan. Just 10 per cent said that re-election would be “positive”, while the remainder had no opinion or said it would have no impact on Japan.

“Traditionally, Japanese people have held a kind disposition towards American leaders, even supporting President George W. Bush in the Iraq War, for example,” said Koichi Nakano, a professor of politics at Tokyo’s Sophia University. “So in some ways, these figures are a surprise.”

Japanese think that re-electing Trump in November would be like giving the car keys to a drunk.

Jeff Kingston, Temple University (Tokyo)

 

“But on the other hand, they are not a surprise,” he added. “Trump comes across as being foolhardy, of acting quite bizarrely at times, of conduct that is basically quite dangerous, and that is all being reported in Japan.”

For the average Japanese, the primary immediate concerns revolve around the coronavirus pandemic and the impact the crisis will have on the economy and, consequently, their lives.

 

In April, Defence Minister Taro Kono confirmed that there had been cases of coronavirus infections among US military personnel based in Japan, but he played down the likelihood of those cases emerging into the general population, saying the outbreaks were “not at a level where there is a problem with deterrence”.

Japan hosts the largest concentration of American military personnel outside the US.

On Thursday, US Airforce transport aircraft massed at Yokota Air Base in Japan, a key Asian military air transport hub, to show “adversaries as well as our allies in Japan … the importance of our ability to execute our mission”, said base vice-commander Colonel Jason Mills.

JAPAN CAUGHT IN BETWEEN

Trump has been highly critical of China’s government in recent weeks, a tactic that analysts suggest is designed to shift attention away from his administration’s failure to contain the coronavirus in the US.

There are also fears that he might provoke a renewed bout of trade friction with Beijing in an effort to look tough on China ahead of the US presidential election in November. Stuck between the two superpowers and economically very close to both, Japan would inevitably feel the impact of any such trade clash.

Another scenario that has been mooted is that Trump could provoke a military clash in the Western Pacific to burnish his reputation as a “wartime president” and attempt to rally the nation behind him.

“Trump does not come across as being reliable,” Nakano said. “He is also seen as a president who has been unusually unkind to Japan. He has made repeated demands on trade and security issues and does not appear to consider Tokyo’s position in talks with China or North Korea, for example.”

Jeff Kingston, director of Asian studies at the Tokyo campus of Temple University, believes that Japanese are wary of a leader who is “erratic, unreliable and who has gutted all the international treaties and alliances that the US had previously agreed to”

5 days ago
12/29/09
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Ok bub.

5 days ago
12/29/09
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Did you bring this here for us to mock? Or did you think we would read it, and see the error of our ways?

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4/27/15
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They still raw about that whole unleashing the sun thing?

5 days ago
5/14/10
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Man, I had no idea. Thanks for posting, OP. I will certainly take this into consideration in November.

VTFU for keeping us informed. Don't let these other characters get to you, this is good stuff.
5 days ago
4/22/20
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Black Dougie - 

They still raw about that whole unleashing the sun thing?


Erased some bloodlines. Mutated others. Nuetered them as a whole into anime porn watching, doll lovers.

So yeah, probably still some hurt feelings.
5 days ago
2/4/07
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Uh yeah, we like Japan and all that jazz, but America First

5 days ago
2/28/12
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I was polled recently on polling and the poll result was that 0% of polls were actually useful polls, and even less polls were reliable polls.
5 days ago
6/26/17
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How much do those dolls go for? CoviD is killing my my sex game

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4 days ago
4/22/20
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papa pump - 

How much do those dolls go for? CoviD is killing my my sex game


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4 days ago
12/17/06
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We stopped giving a shit what Japan thinks around 80 years ago. 

Pride Rules being the only exception. Long live Shimada.

4 days ago
2/14/10
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Then they should be sure to print up and mail in some absentee ballots. They just need to "self-certify" that they are able to vote.

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2/9/12
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They still mad we make the best samurai.
4 days ago
1/1/01
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Altofsky - 

We stopped giving a shit what Japan thinks around 80 years ago. 

Pride Rules being the only exception. Long live Shimada.


not that anyone would care but just an FYI japan hold the most amount of USA debt (yes more then china) so you might want to.......

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Josh - 
Altofsky - 

We stopped giving a shit what Japan thinks around 80 years ago. 

Pride Rules being the only exception. Long live Shimada.


not that anyone would care but just an FYI japan hold the most amount of USA debt (yes more then china) so you might want to.......

 

Yet I don't. What a freeing thought.

 

4 days ago
2/4/06
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Josh -
Altofsky - 

We stopped giving a shit what Japan thinks around 80 years ago. 

Pride Rules being the only exception. Long live Shimada.


not that anyone would care but just an FYI japan hold the most amount of USA debt (yes more then china) so you might want to.......

I'll take repayments in schoolgirl undies 

4 days ago
2/20/19
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Japan loves Trump
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1/1/01
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IronHands - 

Then they should be sure to print up and mail in some absentee ballots. They just need to "self-certify" that they are able to vote.


boom
4 days ago
2/4/07
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Josh -
Altofsky - 

We stopped giving a shit what Japan thinks around 80 years ago. 

Pride Rules being the only exception. Long live Shimada.


not that anyone would care but just an FYI japan hold the most amount of USA debt (yes more then china) so you might want to.......

Explain why Japan holding our debt matters at all