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PacNet #29 – The US and Japan Make a Good Step Forward, for Now

Just before Japanese Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko’ s visit to Washington this week, the US and Japanese governments released their Security Consultative Committee Joint Statement. This document sets the alliance on the right path, allowing alliance managers in Tokyo and Washington to focus on a wider set of strategic issues. While this is a positive development, both governments need to be realistic about future challenges.