Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Kan-Obama meeting

The Asahi Shimbun published an editorial on the first summit between President Obama and Prime Minister Kan on June 29, 2010. According to the Asahi Shimbun, the relationship between America and Japan had been reset. However, the two sides still needed to tackle the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma relocation issue.

“The deepening of the Japan-U.S. alliance and the alleviation of Okinawa’s burden must be discussed as a package, and the entire nation must start the discussion,” said the Asahi Shimbun. “And it is Kan’s responsibility to lead the discussion.”

This quote makes it seem like Japan has made improving the alliance conditional upon solving the Futenma issue. Solving the Futenma issue through a public discussion is contingent upon telling the public the truth about the relationship between Japan and America. Japan, it seems, is therefore saying that the alliance will remain adrift until we have a public discussion of the history between our two nations.

Of course, none of that happened.

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