Beyond that awkwardly timed travel advisory, how are Japan-U.S. relations anyway? Here’s a catch-up on commentary and analysis about the alliance:
- Looking at recent developments, it seems clear that there is far more that unites Japan and the U.S. than divides them, the JT Editorial Board writes. Yet challenges remain, not just on China and Taiwan, but also surrounding shifts in U.S. nuclear doctrine.
- Months into his term, U.S. President Joe Biden is showing that Asia will remain a key security priority for his administration despite a plethora of vexing challenges at home, writes Jesse Johnson. And officials in Tokyo are breathing a sigh of relief.
- Biden is set to tap former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel — known more for his sharp tongue than his foreign policy chops — as his ambassador to Japan, Johnson reports.
- Smartly done, Japan’s national economic statecraft will make economic issues — once a source of bitter contention in the alliance — become instead a source of strength, writes Brad Glosserman, as the U.S. and Japan compete for influence with China.
- Semiconductors, the building blocks of the digital economy, are in short supply. It’s a crisis that only a multilateral cooperative approach can solve, and Japan and the U.S. can and should be leading the way, the JT Editorial Board argues.