Why did Kishida have such a sword against Putin?

Why did Kishida have such a sword against Putin?

The language used by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to attack Russia since the start of the campaign in Ukraine is unprecedented. “The Russian operation is utterly unreasonable and completely unacceptable,” he said, ignoring any diplomatic terminology. Imposed economic sanctions. Russia has seized all of Russia’s central bank assets and imposed sanctions on President Vladimir Putin and his close associates. Nine Russian diplomats were expelled in April for alleged genocide in the Ukrainian suburb of Kiev.

What makes Russia sit after so much! Putin has canceled all peace talks with Japan in protest of the economic blockade and unfriendly behavior. In retaliation, he expelled some Japanese diplomats, which Tokyo did not accept at all.

Japan and Russia have been cold for a long time. During World War II, Japan was in alliance with Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy. They were known as Axis Powers. On the other hand, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Soviet Union and China formed an alliance. After the defeat in World War II, one-time imperialist Japan was forced to join the US bloc. So far so good.

Even during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, there were tensions between Tokyo and Moscow. After that, sometimes a little normal, sometimes distrust-tension, the relationship went on like this. But the war in Ukraine has soured diplomatic relations between Japan and Russia.

On the one hand, Japan and Russia are still at war. In September 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allies. World War II ended. But Russia and Japan have never formally signed a peace treaty. For eight decades, any peace talks between the two countries have been marred by disputes over the sovereignty of the four islands. Russia gained control of the four islands on the northern tip of the Japanese island of Hokkaido during World War II.

There is the mighty China

Political observers say Japan’s tough stance against Russia will only exacerbate Moscow’s isolation, which could push the country completely into China’s belt. Meanwhile, Russia has clarified its position on Taiwan. Russia says it thinks Taiwan is an integral part of China. Russia’s position is expected to be a source of concern for Japan.

However, after Shinzo Abe became prime minister for the second time in 2012, he made every effort to advance diplomatic relations with Russia. Although Russia occupied Crimea in 2014, Shinzo Abe did not react strongly. Because, his attempt was to reach an agreement on the four disputed islands, which Japan calls the Northern Territories.

Shinzo Abe has also made significant efforts to boost economic ties with Russia. He visited Russia every time from 2016 to 2019 to attend the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. During his eight years as prime minister, he has met with Putin at least 27 times. Abe wanted to keep relations with Russia normal and focus on China. This is because of China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific, and the expectations of Japan and the United States, a free and open Indo-Pacific. Since 2016, Japan has been more active in this regard. In 2007, Shinzo Abe formed a quad with Australia, India and the United States to balance the growing power of China in the Indo-Pacific, but that did not work out. Shinzo Abe was prime minister for the first time from 2006 to 2008. He served as prime minister for the longest time in Japanese history.

The question is, why did Kishida take such drastic action against Russia? How can he stick with two big forces?

It should be noted that historically, Japan has not believed in imposing sanctions on any country in terms of diplomatic relations. The G8 countries are said to have persuaded Kishida to take this decision.

Many observers have suggested that Kishida wanted to send a strong message against Russia, saying that in the future, if China conducts any kind of operation in Taiwan, he would expect the West to side with Tokyo.

Kishida is not immature as a politician. He is a child of a political family. Their father was a minister, and their grandfather was an MP. Kishidar spent his school life in the United States working for his father. It is said that Kishidar developed a ‘western mind’ at a young age.

Prime Minister Kishida is a man from Hiroshima, the city that was destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. He was born 12 years after the bombing. He grew up hearing stories of the horrors of the atomic bomb from family members.

Fumio Kishida was the longest-serving foreign minister in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet. At one point he resigned. What should be the diplomatic relations with China and Russia, when and what strategy should be adopted, nothing should be unknown to him. Even then, it is a question of why he has resorted to less tactical tactics against Russia.

Kishida has already banned the import of coal from Russia. Although oil and natural gas imports continue. And as Putin claims, Japan has to pay the ruble. This is being seen as a kind of moral defeat of Kishidar.

According to a survey conducted in April, 83.6 percent of Japanese support a strong economic embargo against Russia. That means ordinary Japanese are still supporting Prime Minister Kishida. But how long this support lasts is the issue. Suruoka Michito, an associate professor at Keiyo University in Japan, wrote in an article that the Kishida government should understand that people can change at any time if fuel prices rise and power supply is disrupted during the summer.


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