On the cusp of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II when Emperor Hirohito made his historic speech of surrender, the Abe government is attempting to drive through the Diet 11 security bills that will forever alter the landscape of Japan's postwar history.
In isolation, neither 3.11 nor Mr. Noda have changed Japan. Yet in different ways both have exposed the Japanese state's shortcomings by contrasting the resilience of its citizenry with the impotence of its government.
Japan's PM Yukio Hatoyama could not withstand the pressure from Obama -- who gave Hatoyama the kind of icy treatment he has also been trying to give Israel's Netanyahu. The problem is Hatoyama wilted, and Netanyahu seems to be thriving.