July 11, 2016

100 Words -- Shinzo Dreams Of The Emperor

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party scored a masive victory in yesterday’s elections, gaining a two-thirds majority in both houses of the Parliament. Abe belongs to a secretive Shinto group than yearns for a return to the glory days of the Emperor. Super-majorities in both houses gives Abe a shot at fulfilling his long-held political dream of amending Japan’s constitution to remove the provision renouncing war. Given that geopolitical tensions in the region are running high, such a move would be highly provocative. We fret over terrorists, but the real threat remains the great powers and another great war.

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