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Securing American Interests in Japan's Uncharted Political Waters

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Bruce Klingner

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Government (Foreign relations)

Keywords: Asia and the Pacific; asian security; Shinzo Abe; U.S.-Japan relations

Type: Report

Coverage: Japan


The United States should encourage Japan to maintain course on adopting a stronger security presence and implementing the necessary legal and constitutional changes to do so. At the same time, U.S. policymakers should monitor emerging changes in the Japanese political paradigm so that they can swiftly and effectively address trends that could affect U.S. strategic interests.