Tokyo Calling

Kari and I have been following the Futenma base issue in the Leading Indicators roundup for a while now. After initially appearing to put the screws on the Hatoyama government now that the issue has become a domestic hornets’ nest, the U.S. appears to be giving Tokyo the breathing room it requires to navigate the wreckage. Tobias Harris explains why this is a smart move, as well as what’s driving Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s Asia-centric vision of a renovated U.S.-Japan alliance. The choice isn’t between a close or distant bilateral relationship, but rather between one that is relevant to the […]

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