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American Bases and the Generation Gap in OkinawaNakamura Kiyoshi

For many young people in Okinawa today, the US bases are no longer the most important issue. Increasingly, they care more about issues like poverty and inequality that affect them directly. The victory of Tamaki Denny in the recent gubernatorial election offers new hope for intergenerational understanding in an Okinawa where public opinion is changing fast.
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The Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy: India’s Wary ResponseHorimoto Takenori

The United States has signed on to Japan’s concept of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” strategy aimed at preserving the international order in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. As the two countries seek to promote this strategy, which is seen as being a response to China’s growing presence, they have drawn Australia and India into quadrilateral security consultations. New Delhi, however, remains somewhat wary in its response to this initiative from Tokyo and Washington.
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Leaving the Iran Nuclear Deal: The Significance of Trump’s Decision for JapanSuzuki Kazuto

What are the reasons behind Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal, and what does the deal mean for Japan?
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Is Complete Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula an Unattainable Goal?Kimura Kan

At their recent summit in Singapore, the leaders of the United States and North Korea agreed on the general ideas of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the provision of a security arrangement for the North. But their joint statement included nothing about concrete steps; achievement of these two goals will be extremely difficult.
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North Korean Denuclearization and US-China RelationsMori Satoru

The historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un resulted in a joint statement that the countries would work toward a stable, denuclearized Korean Peninsula. But the success of these promises will depend on how the United States advances diplomatic strategy from now on—and, more importantly, how it positions its choices in the context of America’s strategic competition with China.
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Dulles Backed Japanese Constitutional Revision (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 20 (Jiji Press)—During his visit to Japan in 1956, then US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles supported revisions to the Japanese constitution, newly declassified diplomatic documents showed Wednesday. At his meeting with senior officials of the government of Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama Ichirō, Dulles referred to "mutual defense," possibly setting his sights on Japan's use o…
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US Shows Keen Interest in Starting FTA Talks with Japan (News)

Washington, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)—US Vice President Mike Pence expressed keen interest in starting talks on a bilateral free trade agreement with Japan during the second round of the two countries' economic dialogue here on Monday, according to Japanese government officials. It was the first time for Pence to show such an intention during the dialogue with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Asō Tarō…
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Trump Mulling First Visit to Japan as President in November (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)—US President Donald Trump is considering visiting Japan in early November to hold talks with Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, informed sources said Wednesday. Tokyo and Washington are arranging Trump's visit to Japan, a Japanese government source said. It would be the first time for Trump to visit the Asian country since he took office in January. In their envisaged ta…
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Japan Alarmed by Increasing US–North Korea Tensions (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government has been alarmed by increasing tensions amid a bitter war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korea over the reclusive state's missile development program. Tokyo will discuss with Washington how to deal with the crisis while strengthening its vigilance and surveillance activities, informed sources said. "We are on full aler…
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Japan Likely to Trigger Beef Import Safeguard for First Time in 14 Years (News)

Tokyo, July 26 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government is poised to impose a safeguard measure to protect domestic cattle farmers against foreign beef for the first time in 14 years, in response to a surge in imports of frozen products from the United States, informed sources said Wednesday. The government is considering invoking the safeguard by raising the tariff rate from 38.5% to 50% on Tuesda…
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