It has been a good week for Japan.
The recent meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the "Quad") showed that the group could make important contributions to regional security. The visit this week to Japan by the U.S. secretaries of State and Defense confirmed the strength of our bilateral alliance and the vitality of our partnership. It is still early in the Biden administration, but it is off to a good start, although much work must be done.
The virtual summit of the four leaders of Quad countries — Japan, Australia, India and the United States — should quiet fears that the forum would be just a talk shop, unable to provide concrete deliverables that would improve Indo-Pacific security.