The U.S.-Japan Commission on the Future of the Alliance released its final report, “The U.S.-Japan Alliance to 2030: Power and Principle,” on February 29, 2016 at a press conference in Tokyo.
Sasakawa USA CEO and Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair said the report is unique because the Commission that wrote it is balanced — half American and half Japanese.
“Of the 35 recommendations it makes, over half are directed not at one government or the other, but at both,” Blair said. “The emphasis is on common strategy and common actions to meet the challenges of the future. The recommendations include specific proposals for relations with China, and a range of actions to deepen, broaden and sustain the alliance, making it more credible and effective. This report will set the standard for future strategy for the U.S.-Japan Alliance, the cornerstone of American security in East Asia.”
Noboru Yamaguchi, a retired lieutenant-general in the Ground Self-Defense Force and one of the authors of the report, was quoted in an article by Robin Harding in The Financial Times.
“The baseline of this report is China will be more powerful and a bit more aggressive,” he said .
Here’s a look at press coverage from the publication rollout:
• US and Japan urged to beef up military alliance as China rises (Financial Times)
• 日米同盟の深化・拡大、対中戦略の共有を提言 日米有識者が「２０３０年までの同盟」報告書 (Sankei News)