I would suggest also, Abe’s vision is not only dangerous and gratuitous in terms of Japan’s own security, it is also a conceptual and psychological bridge too far (or to nowhere) for most Japanese. This being the case, whatever the reception at such forums as the Hudson Institute, a much cooler reception surely awaits Abe and his main supporters—we note in particular Deputy Prime Minister Aso Taro and LDP Secretary General Ishiba Shigeru—in the Diet.
In the end, I hope, and expect, Abe’s initiative will fail.
No doubt Abe’s collective security vision is welcomed in the “China threat” precincts of the Pentagon, the region from which emanated the militarized “Asian pivot”—or “rebalance”—strategy and offensive strike plans like the Air-Sea Battle. But new and distinctly different voices and views are beginning to be heeded in the Pentagon, as we saw at the conclusion of the August 19 meeting between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chinese Minister of National Defense Chang Wanquan.
The Hagel-Chang meeting followed the June 7 Obama-Xi Jinping “Sunnylands Summit” in California, at which military power “balance” was a major topic.