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By Kent E. Calder

Regardless of the long-lasting significance of the U.S.–Japan defense alliance, the wider dating among the 2 international locations is this present day beset by way of sobering new problems. during this entire comparative research of the transpacific alliance and its political, monetary, and social foundations, Kent E. Calder, a number one Japan professional, asserts that bilateral kinfolk among the 2 international locations are dangerously eroding as either search broader innovations in a globally orientated world. Calder files the quiet erosion of America’s multidimensional ties with Japan as China rises, generations swap, and new forces come up in either American and jap politics. He then assesses outcomes for a twenty-first-century army alliance with bold coordination specifications, explores substitute international paradigms for facing the U.S., followed via Britain, Germany, and China, and provides prescriptions for restoring U.S.–Japan kin to energy once more.

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Note: (1) Figures are for distinct Asian-American population groups, with no provision for multiple nationality designations after 1990. (2) The category “Chinese” includes Taiwanese. (3) Figures are for individuals of a given ethnic background, determined by self-identification, without regard to immigration status or nationality. India, and South Korea all have a complex of rising security and economic concerns that have driven them to rapidly expand their political representation in America’s national capital over the past decade.

Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Japanese Ambassador to the United States Kato¯ Ryo¯zo¯ led to some remarkable and historic deepening of transpacific security ties in the wake of 9/11. 6 Yet the evanescent bonds of the recent past cannot cope with the pointed challenges of the future now emerging. As we shall see, those new challenges differ sharply from those of the past few years. And existing programs and institutions, many dating back half a century, are not configured to address them well.

In all these diverse cases, drawn from throughout the world, the importance of crisis as the mother of innovation reveals itself, just as it does in transpacific ties between Washington and Tokyo. –Japan relationship of the past five years has in some ways undoubtedly functioned well. Ties of friendship and mutual esteem emanating from an unprecedented personal bond between President George W. S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Japanese Ambassador to the United States Kato¯ Ryo¯zo¯ led to some remarkable and historic deepening of transpacific security ties in the wake of 9/11.

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