Why didn't the USA want Japan to become a military superpower during the Cold War? (user search)
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Junior Chimp
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« on: November 15, 2021, 08:24:16 PM »

Well, World War II being in living memory might have had something to do with it. A WWII veteran was president as late as the end of the Cold War. It was also in living memory for the rest of Asia- Japanese rearmament would have been a bad look for the capitalist bloc, especially when there was a propaganda war to win in Vietnam.

This.  It was just too unpalatable.  However, the US would be better positioned today if we had done it. 
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