Japanese Minister Believes a New World Order is Needed to Fight Authoritarian Regimes 

Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, said on January 5, 2023 that a “new world order” is needed to combat the resurgence of authoritarian regimes. in Nishimura’s view, these kinds of regimes have prospered during the post-Cold War order of free trade and economic interdependence.

“Authoritarian countries have amassed tremendous power, both economically and militarily,” stated Nishimura. He added that “We must rebuild a world order based on the fundamental values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.” 

Over the last month, US and Japanese security officials have been holding talks about hot button issues concerning China, North Korea, and Russia. Japan has taken a particular emphasis on China which it views as its primary national security challenge. As a result, Japan has undertaken a vast remilitarization campaign to prepare for this new geopolitical challenge, which BLP previously reported on.

“We might need to make preparations to identify the choke points of countries wanting to engage in coercion and then take countermeasures if necessary,” stated Nishimura. The Economy, Trade, and Industry minister warned that democracies must protect their industrial power and protect against technology theft, especially theft of technology that could be converted for military use.

In addition, he pressed for US-Japan cooperation on issues that go beyond AI, biotech, quantum science, and semiconductors.  vowed to tighten cooperation with the US on export controls.

“It is … absolutely imperative for us to reinforce our cooperation in the area of export controls,” he continued. “We will implement strict export controls grounded in international cooperation while engaging closely in the exchange of views with the United States and other relevant countries.”

This “new world order” that Nishimura is talking about will be interesting to learn more about. From this writer’s initial impression, this political order will likely be globalist in nature and very hawkish towards the Eurasian powers such as China and Russia. 

If there was a serious political class in the US, it would focus on restricting immigration and trade from China as opposed to confronting China in military terms. The world does not need nuclear powers to get involved in another episode of security competition.

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