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In the wake of his party's victory in recent upper-house elections, some have predicted that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will abandon his efforts to fix his country's troubled economy in favor of military assertiveness. There are several problems with that line of thinking, including Abe's own pragmatism, his country's complicated legislative procedures, and the realities of regional politics.
Japan's recent territorial tussles with China and South Korea and the election of the conservative Shinzo Abe as prime minister have the world worrying that the country is taking a hawkish turn. In practice, however, Tokyo's new government will toe a moderate line and concentrate on strengthening its diplomatic ties.