Japan looks for ways to counter China threat

Japan is looking to the UK and its own past to find the right economic and social model to counter China, says a senior Japanese commentator.

ôJapan is now studying the UK as a possible role model,ö a senior Japanese media figure told FinanceAsia in a recent discussion about JapanÆs future. This figure preferred to stay anonymous and will be referred to as Mr Honda.

ThatÆs a strange and even ominous remark to make given that the Japanese last studied Britain at the turn of the 20th century, in particular the Royal Navy. Later, they also studied manufacturing. The result was a resounding naval defeat...

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