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threat posed to international security by North Korea’s nuclear posturing will
not be resolved in a flashy manner – neither by an American military strike at Pyongyang’s
arsenal nor by Chinese economic pressure on its rogue ally. Instead, expect
three Far East nations – China, Japan and South Korea – to quietly adopt a
“managed crisis” approach, combining painstaking diplomacy with small-step
measures to build stability.
If the North Korean
regime continues to develop its nuclear strike capabilities, South Korea and
Japan may feel compelled to acquire their own weapons of mass destruction, while
China will lose its strategic edge in northeast Asia. Beijing has a few options
to prevent such a scenario.
Japanese society is facing a wave of separation, uprooting and anonymity. Traditional community bonds are being broken as more and more people, facing economic uncertainty, are forced to live on their own in anonymous apartment buildings. They are separated from their families, have low-paid jobs and work long hours. Many face a lonely death.
Dr. Stefan Lippert