September 9, 2009
Japan Is a U.S. Friend, Not an Ally
Todd Crowell, RealClearWorld
TOKYO - There has been considerable handwringing in the Western press, especially among Americans, over the future of the U.S.-Japan military alliance under the new regime. Will Japan's new masters seek to undermine the security of Asia and American interests by steering a more independent course?
Never mind that the incoming prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has stated that the alliance is fundamental to Japan's security and that he has no intention of undermining what pundits on both sides of the Pacific persist in calling the "cornerstone" of America's position in Asia.
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A cornerstone, perhaps, but not an alliance. Japan is a close friend, fellow democracy, trading partner and increasingly a collaborator on the world stage. But it is...
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