After months of scrambling to contain an astonishing series of natural and manmade catastrophes, this editorial from Japan’s Nishinippon Shimbun warns Japanese officials that while they’ve been overwhelemed with domestic issues, the global situation has been evolving rapidly and mostly without any influence being applied by Tokyo.
The Nishinippon Shimbun editorial says in part:
Even as the Japanese government has been rushing around dealing with the earthquake and nuclear accident, the international situation has been rapidly evolving. At the G8 summit, Japan’s post-quake reconstruction and financial recovery were cited as risk factors, along with Greece and Portugal’s debt crisis. While other countries are sympathetic to Japan’s plight, they are also casting a critical eye on the situation. It’s been nearly three months since the earthquake: continued diplomatic stagnation cannot be permitted.
Managing the aftereffects of the earthquake-disaster is hard work, but it is troubling to see the government continue to turn inward. Japan must be shrewd enough to leverage the diplomatic bonds strengthened by the earthquake to help it resolve long-standing problems. The world won’t wait on Japan forever.
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