Join the allied forces of Orientalism
and Japanese nationalism as we promote the stereotype of virtuous oriental warrior, in
‘soft power' service
of a U.S. hegemonic push to remilitarize Japan.
As regional instability grows, so does the perceived US
rationale for a strong ally, and we're seeing
samurai soft power wielded here and elsewhere: at "Art of the Samurai" in Southern California and the Metropolitan Museum in New York,
and on PBS's NOVA documentary Secrets of the Samurai Sword.