Developments including Chinese military buildup, the Brexit issue in Europe, and the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President provide Japan with a range of challenges going forward. Nippon.com recently sat down with Sasakawa USA Chairman and CEO Adm. Dennis Blair to discuss why Japan’s relationship with the United States remains a bulwark in the Asia region, and why he expects it to increasingly take a leading role in such areas as defense, diplomacy, and the world economy.
Watch the full video interview above, or read the Q&A here.
The United States enters into alliance relationships because it’s in our interest, and Japan is the same. The human ties that have developed over the years are extraordinary. But basically it serves the American interest to have a strong ally where we base 50,000 of our troops in this important part of the world, as it is in Japan’s interest to have a strong American ally that shares the same basic goals. I think that when President Trump and his team actually look at the alliance there will be some things that can be improved and developed, but the fundamentals are pretty strong.