A bilateral economic dialogue between the United States and Japan emphasized win-win economic cooperation. The friendly discussions, however, obscured the extent to which Japan and the United States are pursuing conflicting visions of the U.S.-Japan economic relationship, writes Sasakawa USA Fellow Tobias Harris, in this op-ed published by The Diplomat.
The WannaCry ransomware attacks remind us that malicious malware crosses borders without pause and has the potential to cause serious harm to friend and foe alike. The U.S and Japan need to take steps beyond information exchange and develop a list of actionable items for collaborating on reducing vulnerabilities and responding to incidents.
For nearly 50 years, every U.S. administration has had to balance maintaining a close political and security relationship with Japan and preserving fair economic ties. U.S. President Donald Trump will start writing the next chapter in this history when he meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on February 10 and 11.
While there is no doubt that a Trump administration will bring a new set of challenges to the U.S.-Japan alliance, so does every new administration. What is missing from the current debate is a consideration of the opportunities a Trump administration could bring.