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Monday, October 5, 2015

Japan Waking Up To Realities of Terrorism

Above, Narita International Airport. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

While much of the world has been fighting terrorism, Japan had been one country that considered itself to be safe from it all. No longer.

One of the reasons for the awakening is the presence of ISIS in Asia, which has even prompted China to bolster its defenses.

According to Japan Today:
TOKYO —Japan appears to be coming out of a long coma of non-violent political action in spite of being caught between domestic political violence and terrorism, and relationships with Western states battling a seemingly never-ending war against terrorism. The idea that Japan is an island no longer serves as a metaphorical instrument in the geopolitical world of today. Al-Qaida’s global reach woke the world up well over a decade ago, and that world is being jolted again by the activities of the Islamic State (IS), which demonstrates an ideological pitch far exceeding that of other terrorist organizations today. 
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