This part is a bit hard to understand for me. It seems like the Japanese are distressed greatly by the fact they have been forced to outsource a significant part of their national defense to the US. They would rather like more military autonomy. They lost this autonomy because of the Pearl Harbor. So I could not understand why they say they welcome more strengthened Japan-American ties. What kind of strengthened ties do they mean?
How to define Japan’s current atmosphere? In which respects can it be said ‘low and unsteady’?
It still baffles me that the Japanese consider modern China as a big threat but their history only lead them back to see their wrongs in the Pearl Harbor, as if there were no Pearl Harbor incident, China would not have stood a chance to stand before them as a big threat as it is right now.
But how about 蘆溝橋事變 [Marco Polo Bridge Incident]? It is no « foolish military strategy » then? Consider that the China that touched a raw nerve today is no longer the Republic of China which you fought / attacked some 60 years ago, and how big a change and permanent trauma you have inflicted on those peoples, don’t you think it would be politically biased to even mention the Sino-Japan relationship at the memorial day of Pearl Harbor incident?