The Abe administration's effort to break away from the postwar regime is a defiant political move to file a formal objection to the postwar Imperial family and to put Japan's best "knowledgeable and thinking people" into a subordinate position.
Members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party express alarm that the party's local chapters are showing signs of collapse because of Japan's aging population and the government's proposed agricultural reforms.
The key factor that has led Beijing to create the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank is the belief that creating new demand abroad is the only way to avoid a simultaneous collapse of local governments and state corporations.
Until now, Japan's power industry and the government have emphasized the lower energy costs from having nuclear plants generate the nation's electricity. And until now, consumers and business circles have bought into that myth.