|AJC Welcomes Enhanced U.S.-Japan Strategic Ties|
October 3, 2013 -- New York -- AJC welcomes enhancement of the U.S.-Japan
security relationship. The deepening of military ties, announced during a visit
to Tokyo by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck
Hagel, comes amidst growing threats from nuclear-armed North Korea and friction
on territorial matters with China.
longstanding commitment to Japan’s security is critical to ensuring stability
in the region,” said Shira Loewenberg, Director of AJC’s Asia Pacific
Institute. “Stronger U.S.-Japanese ties, and trilateral cooperation with South
Korea, are essential to enhancing regional security in the face of North
Korea’s military nuclear program and other common threats.”
talks focused on a renewed security alliance that calls for a new missile
defense radar system in Japan, the deployment of U.S. drone aircraft, the
relocation of American Marines from Okinawa to Guam, and joint efforts to
combat cyberattacks. Japan has pledged to increase its military spending,
strengthen its security capacity and expand its assistance to Southeast Asian
countries resisting Chinese territorial claims.
agreement states that the U.S. and Japan should be prepared to deal with
“coercive and destabilizing behaviors” and calls upon China to adhere to
international norms in its territorial disputes. The U.S. has not taken sides
in the dispute between Japan and China over a group of uninhabited islands in
the South China Sea, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.