In the "debate" section of today's Mainichi Shimbun, there are two articles with opposing views on Japan's diplomacy in wake of the North Korean missile firings. Representing right-wing views, former Ambassador Hisahiko Okazaki praises Japan's diplomacy as swift, persuasive and successful. It helped form consensus in condemning and punishing North Korea in spite of potential oppositions by China, S. Korea and some of the European nations, according to Mr. Okazaki. On the other hand, representing more moderate views, Keio University Professor Yoshihide Soeya argues that Japan's hawkish stance should be reconsidered in view of the fact that the compromise between China and the U.S. ruled the UN Security Council after all. Japan must adopt a more realistic approach by taking account of the international framework for cooperation and negotiation, according to Prof. Soeya. I myself agree with Prof. Soeya's opinion.