Expect closer Japan-U.S. ties

Nov 25, 2016

Expect closer Japan-U.S. ties

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An alignment of long-term economic, political and security interests mean that Japan-U.S. relations will ultimately be driven by strategic considerations rather than personality politics.

Nov 16, 2016

What Abe should tell Trump

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Abe must convince Trump that the U.S. global role is not some expensive alimony but an investment that generates a higher rate of return than any building in New York City.

Oct 18, 2016

SDF's expanding missions

Lawmakers in the Diet should once again scrutinize how far the administration intends to expand the SDF's overseas missions under Abe's call for "proactive contribution to peace" and how that should be controlled.

Mar 17, 2016

The Japan-U.S. alliance and robotics diplomacy

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Tucked inside the 2017 U.S. defense budget request is about $15 billion to place relatively small research bets on over-the-horizon technologies that can help the U.S. military maintain a leading edge over any competitor over the long term. Close allies like Japan have an ...

Toward an alliance of hope

May 12, 2015

Toward an alliance of hope

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Japan's agenda under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is simple and straightforward: reform at home and proactive contributions to global peace based on the principle of international cooperation.

May 1, 2015

Abe must address home audience

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs consider whether singling out China as the reason for strengthening of Japan's security alliance with the U.S. will, in fact, help make the region "remarkably more stable."