HONOLULU — The U.S.-Japan relationship is on solid ground and growing stronger by the day. As a result of their recent Camp David summit, U.S. President George W. Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo have become each other’s new best friend — perhaps not as close (yet) as Bush’s ties with Abe’s predecessor, but certainly close enough to allay a lot of the fears that have existed about the end of the “special relationship” following Junichiro Koizumi’s departure from office last fall.

So why does everyone in Japan appear to be so nervous?

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