Why Israel is still only scratching the surface of relations with Japan - Opinion - Jerusalem Post
Second, China: a country with which Israel's trade ties are likewise substantial and growing— jumping from $51 million in to more than. Israel and Japan have had diplomatic relations since , but ties were never But Abe's more nationalist government, influenced by China's. Japan, Israel upgrade relations as Arab oil influence wanes. Tova Cohen. 5 Min Read U.S. presses Beijing on South China Sea dispute.
Israel, by contrast, has one of the most successful cybersecurity regimes in the world, and teams at Ben-Gurion are working to make it better and more exportable. The third stop for Japanese officials might be the research lab of Rafael Advanced Systems, the developer of the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.
Even so, the technologies being developed at Rafael have broad application. A two-stage interceptor, this is designed to take out the long-range rocket and cruise missiles possessed by Hizballah; it could be adapted to provide Japan with protection from its missile-wielding and nuclear-armed hostile neighbors. His visit to Israel was accompanied by stops at three other Middle Eastern capitals, including Amman and Cairo.
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After two Japanese citizens were beheaded by ISIS this past spring, he has also committed Japan to a more active role in the war on terror. On the Israeli side, meanwhile, many see the opening to Japan as a godsend that can help diversify an overseas market hurt by Arab and, increasingly, European boycotts.
But observers have also been struck by certain similarities between the two countries.
Culturally, both Israel and Japan are relatively homogeneous; both stress intellectual and educational achievement; and both are islands of stability not only in their respective regions but also within the larger context of growing global disorder.
Both, moreover, are threatened by hostile and uncomfortably close neighbors. Above all, both countries feel themselves unduly dependent on an ally, the U. The retreat of American power and influence around the world has shocked and disappointed leaders in both Tokyo and Tel Aviv.
Which brings us to a paradox.
Why is Japan Warming to the Jewish State?
From a scientific and engineering point of view alone, Japanese and Israeli defense technologies overlap closely with those of the United States. Indeed, the opportunities are great for an extensive, systemic, and secure three-way partnership to perfect current technology and cooperate on such future developments as hypersonic vehicles, electronic rail guns, and directed-energy microwave and laser weapons.
That is unlikely to change immediately. But for a future American administration, the way ahead is clear. Such an administration must be able to reassure both longstanding allies that the U.
Until then, however, Israel and Japan will continue to feel, and to be, increasingly on their own and increasingly reliant on each other for support. To be sure, tensions and differences between the two countries remain. Israelis across the political spectrum recognize the need for a strong defense and a forthright response to outside threats. Ministry of Defense officials, defense-industry executives, and even military leaders are understandably wary of being seen as too eager to embrace arms and technology deals with other countries.
The wariness is especially acute with regard to Israel. Decades of Arab propaganda has left many Japanese with a sense of the Jewish state as the bad seed in the Middle East.
One way or another, Japan is on the lookout for new, reliable allies, particularly ones that can identify with its exposed geopolitical position and have dealt effectively with similar threats in the past.
While a Japan-Israel strategic alliance may not hold the key to future security for either party, or compensate for losing a major partner like the United States, it does lend force to the old maxim that a friend in need is a friend indeed. Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page. Chief among these obstacles is the historic apprehension of Japan toward the Jewish state. With the Yom Kippur War raging in the background, many oil-producing Arab nations issued an ultimatum to their fossil-fuel dependent customers — boycott Israel or suffer an energy crisis through rising prices.
Japan, totally dependent on Arab oil, was particularly vulnerable to the extortion. This trauma stifled commercial and diplomatic ties for years afterward, with Japanese banks denying services to Israeli clients during the Gulf War and Japanese newspapers discouraging trade with Israel, for fear of Arab backlash and Israeli insolvency.
Only afterwith the weakening of Arab influence and the lifting of the secondary boycott, did relation warm again, but to this day many Japanese business leaders are wary of publicizing their ties to Israel.
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Just recently, a very large Japanese corporation opened a new research center in Israel after a lengthy process of investment and integration of Israeli technology in their systems.
To mask Israeli involvement, the center itself along with all employees is fully designated as the American wing of the company. Exacerbating this fear are troubling seeds of delegitimization, with the familiar scent of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions BDS movement and its ilk. JETRO ended up withdrawing from the event at that time.
Big business has also suffered. Combined with the traditionally risk-averse Japanese business attitude, these small-scale actions can have a large effect.