The US-Japan alliance has provided one of the foundations for decades of security and freedom in Asia. But, the neighborhood is changing: Japan is experiencing significant strategic and diplomatic challenges from China, faces increasingly aggressive North Korean weapons development and testing, and has an uncertain relationship with South Korea.
While the U.S. continues to be Japan’s main partner and ally, it has withdrawn from the major Pacific free trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after completing negotiations with Japan.
As uncertainty in the region abounds, Japan considers how to work effectively with the U.S. but also how to chart its course as a leader and a balancer in Asia.
Prime Minister Abe’s vision includes pledges for deregulation and economic renewal, the development of Japan’s military capability, and policies to stimulate domestic social innovation. His landslide victory in the recent election indicates that the Japanese people support these new directions.
Yuki Tatsumi is Co-Director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. She worked as a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and as the special assistant for political affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington. She is also a senior fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies in Tokyo, Japan.
Lt. Gen. Wallace "Chip" Gregson (USMC, Ret.) is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; the U.S. Naval Institute; and the Marine Corps Association. He is a Trustee of the Marine Corps University Foundation. Most recently, Gregson served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Prior to that, he served as Commanding General of III Marine Expeditionary Force and all Marine Corps forces in Japan, 2001 – 2003, and was director of Asia-Pacific Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1998 – 2000.
Join the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for a breakfast briefing and moderated panel discussion on the evolving Japan-US alliance and its impact on security and geostrategy in Asia.