Why Japan and the U.S. Are Growing Closer: Key Factors Explained

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Fumio Kishda, Japanese Prime Minister, visited the U.S. on a State Trip last week. This visit included a meeting with President Joe Biden and highlighted the importance of Japan-U.S. relations.

Japan and the U.S. have been close allies since World War II, but one factor is driving the two countries even closer together: China. China’s looming threat may make a U.S.-Japan alliance more crucial than ever.

Brad Glosserman, in an article published in The Japan Times in January, wrote that 2024 could be a pivotal year for the U.S. and Japan relationship. He cited the scandal-ridden government of Kishida as well as the continued instability in Japan’s infrastructure.

What is the reason?

China’s threat to stability in Asia (and around the world) may strengthen relations between Japan and China. Bruce Klingner, of the Heritage Foundation, points out that Japan’s grave concern is not only China’s saber-rattling over Taiwan but also North Korea’s growing threat.

Klingner writes Tokyo is concerned that it could be drawn into a Taiwan War, either directly or indirectly, if China attacks the U.S. base used to defend Taiwan in Japan. Japan also believes that North Korea represents an “even greater and more immediate threat” to Japan because of its continued increase in nuclear weapons and missiles. ”

Japan’s and the U.S.’s relationship has been intertwined for many years to ensure East Asia and Pacific security. Kenneth Weinstein, writing at RealClearWire writes that a partnership in terms of security is essential in any effort to keep China out.

Weinstein writes, “Japan is already playing a major role in meeting our nation’s main strategic challenge: the threat that the People’s Republic of China poses to us and the defense of Taiwan.” “More American soldiers, 54,000 in total, are located in Japan. They also have a significant amount of equipment and materials needed to defend Taiwan. ”

Japan has been trying to build up its military for some time now. This is a first since World War II. Dr. Albert Mohler, in his Monday morning podcast, explained that there’s an interesting history behind it.

Japan is considering changing its defensive position. After World War II, when the Allies defeated Japan, the Japanese are trying to find a new identity. Japan cannot be without military power. It must still have some defense to protect the coasts and water.

Japan’s defense force was small. It has grown over the years. Recently, a deal was signed by the United States, Japan the Philippines, and perhaps Australia, New Zealand, and other nations. This agreement increased military coordination between Japan, the United States, and any other countries that signed it.

Bloomberg’s editorial board believes that Japan could become the United States’ most important and valuable ally.

The Board believes that an empowered and confident Japan, with its advanced technological capabilities, and a revitalized economy following decades of stagnation could replace Britain as America’s top strategic partner.

Weinstein agrees: “Japan has been speaking softly for too long, without carrying a big stick. Now, by speaking softly, Japan has improved American diplomatic relations. It also enhances U.S.-Japan partnerships and contributes to Indo-Pacific Security. We expect nothing less from our closest ally. ”

Japanophile, I find the idea of a stronger relationship between the U.S.A. With the Biden administration in charge of foreign affairs, we don’t have that.

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