February 13, 2010

What's Next for U.S.-Japanese Alliance?

Ichiro Fujisaki, Foreign Affairs

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In 1960, Japan and the United States signed a security treaty that has proven to be the basis for bilateral relations over the last half century. Now, fifty years later, how can Tokyo and Washington strengthen their relationship?

Since Yukio Hatoyama became prime minister of Japan, Washington has grown worried that the U.S.-Japanese alliance may be weakening. Can the two countries still find common interests?

Japan's August election represented a political revolution. But how effective will the country's new government be in changing economic and foreign policy?

The DPJ's rise to power is a historic opportunity for Japan to launch major reforms. But can the party overcome the Japanese bureaucracy and the country's internal tensions?

Fifty years have passed...

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TAGGED: Japan, United States, Yukio Hatoyama, Prime Minister, Washington, Tokyo

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