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As the Trump wrecking ball swings at the machinery of US relations in Asia and the Pacific, US allies are quietly contemplating how to best respond to the new reality. The pain of this is particularly acute in Japan.

Throughout the postwar era the US–Japan alliance has been a bedrock of peace and stability in the region. Under the alliance Japan provides land, sea and air facilities for the US military, and in return, the United States guarantees to protect Japanese territory. This bargain underpins security in Northeast Asia. It allows Japan to maintain its constitutionally enshrined rejection of the use of force as a means of settling international disputes. At the same time. it provides the foundation for US power projection in the western Pacific, ensuring the United States’ status as a Pacific power.

The United States and Japan have gone through tough times before: Japan’s short-lived challenge to American economic primacy in the 1980s; chequebook diplomacy absent boots-on-the-ground in the Middle East; and uncertainties over the recent security bills. But the relationship has always proved resilient. Read more

As the Trump wrecking ball swings at the machinery of US relations in Asia and the Pacific, US allies are quietly contemplating how to best respond to the new reality. The pain of this is particularly acute in Japan.

Throughout the postwar era the US–Japan alliance has been a bedrock of peace and stability in the region. Under the alliance Japan provides land, sea and air facilities for the US military, and in return, the United States guarantees to protect Japanese territory. This bargain underpins security in Northeast Asia. It allows Japan to maintain its constitutionally enshrined rejection of the use of force as a means of settling international disputes. At the same time. it provides the foundation for US power projection in the western Pacific, ensuring the United States’ status as a Pacific power.

The United States and Japan have gone through tough times before: Japan’s short-lived challenge to American economic primacy in the 1980s; chequebook diplomacy absent boots-on-the-ground in the Middle East; and uncertainties over the recent security bills. But the relationship has always proved resilient.

As the Trump wrecking ball swings at the machinery of US relations in Asia and the Pacific, US allies are quietly contemplating how to best respond to the new reality. The pain of this is particularly acute in Japan.

Throughout the postwar era the US–Japan alliance has been a bedrock of peace and stability in the region. Under the alliance Japan provides land, sea and air facilities for the US military, and in return, the United States guarantees to protect Japanese territory. This bargain underpins security in Northeast Asia. It allows Japan to maintain its constitutionally enshrined rejection of the use of force as a means of settling international disputes. At the same time. it provides the foundation for US power projection in the western Pacific, ensuring the United States’ status as a Pacific power.

The United States and Japan have gone through tough times before: Japan’s short-lived challenge to American economic primacy in the 1980s; chequebook diplomacy absent boots-on-the-ground in the Middle East; and uncertainties over the recent security bills. But the relationship has always proved resilient.