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PacNet #35 – Time for Leadership for the US-Japan Relationship

In their first meeting in late June, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Kan Naoto set a positive tone for the US-Japan alliance. Coming off a difficult interlude in the bilateral relationship, there was reason to be reassured as to the commitment of our two countries’ leaders to working together.   Since then, Japan’s Upper House election has raised questions about Kan’s staying power and produced some desultory commentary on the prospects for alliance policymaking.