Japan has declared sanctions against North Korea. Japan takes about 10% of North Korea’s exports. The new PM, Shinzo Abe is trying to use the Korean crisis to build closer relations with China and South Korea. Is Japan starting to take a lead in the world after 60 years of isolation? The world will be a much safer place if it is not totally reliant on American leadership. Will Asia at last stand up and provide another rock of stability for the world? It’s great news. Japan is the only country in the world that has suffered nuclear attack.