The Korea that can say "No"

By Emanuel Pastreich Back in the 1989 the Japanese conservative politician Ishihara Shintaro wrote a best seller entitled "The Japan that can say 'No'," in which he argued that Japan was punching beneath its weight. He imagined a self-confident Japan which was capable of refusing unreasonable demands from the United States and maintained a healthy equal relationship. Ishihara is a cynical right-wing politician, but there is something of real relevance for the Republic of Korea today in his...

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