Interview with former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and post-interview analysis

An exclusive interview of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with Yuichiro Hanazawa, Japanese researcher at the Wilson Center, discussing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, US-Japan relations, Taiwanese politics and prospects for Indo -Peaceful.

A round table to analyze the interview with Yuichiro Hanazawa, Abraham Denmark and Shihoko Goto followed.

Key points to remember

  • The role of the US-Japan security alliance is now a vital alliance to ensure world peace. Tokyo and Washington pledged to work together to ensure the stability of the world order and protect universal values.
  • Given its unique international status, Taiwan is potentially much more vulnerable to foreign pressure than Ukraine. There is certainly a sense of urgency that what happened in Ukraine could also happen in Taiwan. At the same time, China is now well aware of the economic damage and hardship it could face if it were to invade Taiwan.
  • Creating a NATO-like multilateral security alliance in Asia will be politically difficult. But Japan must strengthen its own defense capabilities and deepen discussions on how to protect Japan from nuclear threats. Japan is under the nuclear security umbrella of the United States, and the country needs to consider how extended deterrence works in practice.

Selected quotes

Shinzo Abe: Why Taiwan is in a more difficult situation than Ukraine

“And on Taiwan, China has taken a position that Taiwan is part of China and that’s different from the relationship between Russia and Ukraine. At the same time, we are in a situation where Taiwan is not recognized as a nation by most countries in the international community. Of course, it’s not even a member state of the United Nations. I think that’s the big difference with Ukraine. But, at the end of the day, it comes down to whether or not China will start invading Taiwan militarily, knowing that it will suffer economic damage. In this sense, I think that China has not made a decision. The fact that they did not do it does not mean that they decided not to do it.

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Shinzo Abe on the implications of the global response to Ukraine

“We have a sense of urgency that what happened in Ukraine could happen in Taiwan. In order to prevent such a situation from happening, I believe that the international community should unite to raise strong voices against Russia at this time and impose severe sanctions on it, which will lead to preventing the same does not occur in Asia.

Moderator: “That’s why if Japan also shows a tough stance, it will not only affect this situation but also Japan’s national security, right?”

Shinzo Abe: “That’s what I mean. If Japan doesn’t show that kind of attitude today, I don’t think it can show leadership in Asia. I believe Prime Minister Kishida thinks Japan needs to show leadership in this case in order to show strong leadership in Asia.

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Shinzo Abe on the importance of defensive posture

“This is an important point, but first we need to discuss how to prevent such a situation from happening. For us to do that, if the United States and Japan show the firmness that we are dealing with the situation with strong measures, then of course China will hesitate and refrain from doing anything. If both the United States and Japan take the position that we sit here watching the situation from the sidelines and doing nothing, it will lead to a situation where China may step forward to use military force to achieve unification. This is why we must reach a national consensus on the need to clearly state our positions.

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Shinzo Abe: Why the US-Japan alliance matters to the world

“I think the Japan-US alliance has become the Japan-US alliance in the world. With peace and security legislation, Japan and the United States can help each other. It has become an alliance that we can help each other, which will also lead to defending Japan. Our bond has become much stronger. I said that “the Japan-US alliance is an alliance of hope” in a joint session of the US House and Senate. Because we share universal values ​​and are the largest and third largest economy in the world, I believe this alliance should be one in which we interact with each other to create a better world. Of course, since we are different countries, there are times when our national interests conflict. But, I believe there are many scenes where the Japan-US alliance exerts its strength by cooperating on various common goals such as protecting the world order and universal values ​​and entrenching them as much as possible. I think we should meet those expectations as much as possible. »

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