While the rest of the Asia/Pacific region is increasingly turning to Beijing as its new economic and political locus, Japan appears to have made the decision to throw in its lot completely with Washington. Economically, the Bank of Japan has systematically destroyed its balance sheet through its longstanding (and ultimately futile) dollar support operations to accommodate the most egregious excesses in U.S. economic policy-making. But as Japan's Iraq deployment indicates, this cooperation is now manifesting itself to a greater degree in the military sphere.
Feminization of Japanese men : http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/21/AR2005092102434.html
Any connection between the two?