U.S. Relationship With More Assertive Japan Undergoing Evolution

TOKYO — In February 1946 the U.S. forces occupying Japan drew up a new constitution for a country that had been left shattered by the Pacific War. Many Japanese cities were left in ruins, with vast swathes of them reduced to ash by intensive American firebombing. Fast-forward six decades to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit last week to Washington, and Japan presents a very different picture. Despite a more than decade-long slump, Japan’s economy remains the second largest in the world. It is a respected member of the international community and was found in a BBC poll in March […]

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