Japan-Russia Territorial Negotiations and the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty

Author: James D.J. Brown

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 17

As negotiations between Japan and Russia over the status of the disputed Southern Kuril Islands have accelerated under Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s administration, Moscow has increasingly looked to connect the issue to the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty. Abe’s Russia policy may be naive and disconcerting to many in the West, yet it should be permitted to run its natural course, asserts writer James D.J. Brown.

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Japan’s Proactive Russia Policy

Author: James D.J. Brown

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 7

Faced with threats posed by North Korea and China, and uncertain about the endurance of the U.S. commitment to the region, Japanese strategists see the logic of cultivating closer ties with Russia and thereby neutralizing the emergence of a hostile Sino-Russian bloc. Japan’s contemporary Russia policy is an initial sign of how a more proactive Japan may increasingly adopt policies that run counter to U.S. interests.

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The Abe-Putin Summit and the future of Russo-Japan relations

Date: February 27, 2017

As part of efforts to engage the Washington policymaker community, on February 27 Sasakawa USA hosted a private luncheon with Dr. Akihiro Iwashita, who spoke in-depth about last year’s Abe-Putin Summit in Yamaguchi and its results, and the future of the Russo-Japan relationship.

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Chairman’s Message: The future of the U.S.-Japan alliance

Author: Admiral Dennis Blair

Categories: Chairman's Message

In this edition of the Chairman’s Message, Admiral Dennis Blair looks back on forty years of experience with U.S.-Japan relations and explains why, with this long and deep perspective on the Alliance, he can say without qualification that it is the strongest it ever has been — and how to continue to grow the relationship into the future.

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The Persistent Power of 1 Percent

Author: John C. Wright

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 4

Among the choices that have complicated Japanese defense, one of the most consequential has been Japan’s self-imposed limit on national defense spending. Issued in 1976 and abolished in 1987, the impact of Japan’s decision to limit military spending to 1 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) is still felt today. By examining Japan’s decision to impose a 1 percent limit on its own military spending, we can better understand current Asia-Pacific regional defense arrangements.

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