Japan Apprehensive About State of U.S. Relations

Japan Apprehensive About State of U.S. Relations

TOKYO -- The residents of Obama, Japan, might have celebrated the election of their town's namesake as the next president of the United States, but many Japanese remain apprehensive about what the change in leadership will mean for their country's most important ally.

Doubts over the state of relations with the United States were evident in a Kyodo News survey this month, which showed that a record 28 percent of Japanese view the relationship between the two countries as "not good."

"Primarily this is about Iraq, North Korea and the financial crisis," says Masashi Nishihara, president of the Research Institute for Peace and Security, in Tokyo.

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