Japan Wants Deeper Alliance after U.S. Midterm Elections

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--Japan will keep its focus on deepening the Japan-U.S. alliance after U.S. Republicans lost their majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday's midterm elections, officials said Wednesday.

"The Japan-U.S. alliance is unwavering, and both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party recognize its importance," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.

The top government spokesman said the election results will have no direct impact on the bilateral relations.

In the elections, the key issue was President Donald Trump's political attitudes. "Diplomacy was not an issue, so the U.S. government's foreign policy is unlikely to change," a senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official said.

The Democrats' recapture of the House "will not immediately affect diplomacy or security policy," a senior Defense Ministry official said.

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