what most Japanese are in the grip of is utter cluelessness about
where this is all headed.
Nothing was ever liable to change here until the whole
thing collapsed anyway. Of course the real power
elite operates mostly behind the scenes and most
likely would like to get back to a system where the elite
can just rule over the peasants directly without having to go
through democratic pretenses. Serfs get uppity and
you just lop off a few heads
Hard to say if they can pull it off or how things will play out when
the whole economy melts down.
It's not really like Japan has no resources, though. They
still have an industrial base, especially in small scale specialty
manufacturing and they have a lot of water, timber and
underutilized farmland - all things that China is short of.
But they import a huge percentage of their food, all their oil
and gas, most clothing and mass produced daily household
type stuff and are used to being able to do that pretty affordably.
Problem is, yen becomes worthless and the price of all that stuff
is going to go through the roof... talk about reality checks, Japan
is in for a major one.