Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Reset in Japan-U.S. Relations

The New York Times published an op-ed written by Jim Foster, a former State Department official, and Don Kanakis, the chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, on September 15, 2010, right after Naoto Kan defeated Ichiro Ozawa in the election for DPJ president.

The authors referred to the election as a “bruising leadership race.” I’m not sure what was so “bruising” about that election except for the commentary I provided. Perhaps the authors known about what I have been doing.

The authors argued that the election gave Japan the opportunity to reset its relationship with America. They claimed that the issue of relocating Marine Corps Air Station Futenma had “dominated the U.S.-Japan security dialogue over the past year in a way that is out of all proportion to its strategic significance.”

Though the issue of relocating Futenma would drop from the headlines, the relationship between Japan and America would not improve. So much for the reset.

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