Hello Everyone, (Note: I have no discrimination against Japanese or Chinese cultures nor, their nations overall.) After the Japanese were defeated in WWII, and the Marshall Plan of reconstruction took hold where American democracy was instilled into them. (although it seems the US Coalition went into Iraq and Afganistan without a modern day "Marshall Plan". Maybe if anyone who administered the Marshall Plan is still alive, they should be tapped immediately. Since the US Coalition needs their experience deeply. (the Marshall Plan was also used to reconstruct Western Europe after WWII. Sorry for that blurb i couldn't resist. ) Back to topic, after the US drastically redrafted the Japanese former Monarchy, to a form of Democracy. Making their Monarchy more a historical figure head much like that in Great Britain. The Japanese military forces have never seemed to recover to their former prestige (or infamy) pre-WWII. Most likely the American forces made sure to heavily restrict Japanese military docrine during the Marshall Plan. That Japan has continued the tradition, until recently where they have once again deployed force to a foreign land. (Iraq) However, this baby step for them has been under the guise of humanitiran support to the US Coalition. Besides the 1940's Pacific Theater of WWII with the Allies (including Australia and the British). The Japanese Imperial military forces had been occupying many parts of China and Burma. Their presence in China as occupiers by historical accounts was horrific with numerous inhumane accounts to the civilian populace on a macro scale. Jump to modern day and now China itself has the largest modern military force on the planet. With nearly 1 billion troops (perhaps 600 million or so). It now seems the tables have turned in military terms of technology and forces. Where China is uber powerful, and Japan is measely in comparsion militarily. Once China reclaims Taiwan as it's break-away province, whether by force or peaceful measures. China with it's long memory may seek eventual retribution against Japan. History may very well repeat itself in the next couple of decades. Where Japan sought control of the Pacific during WWII. It could very well mean China seeking total control of Asia. (Russia included) The only and possibly the last safeguard from this occurring is the US, and possibly NATO. (and now EU forces) But, if the US / NATO ever falters in the next few decades expect China to probe it's motives in an aggressive posture. With Japan possibly getting the full hostility due to historical animosity. I'm sure the US / NATO have potential contingency plans (Diplomatically & Militarily) if this ever remotely begins to unravel before us in the many years to come.