'[W]e can do no more than plead with the U.S. military because Japan does not hold the power to enforce measures such as investigations or flight suspensions.'
It was a surprisingly conciliatory speech for this person. But was it for real?
U.S. President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address since his inauguration. In this yearly speech required by the Constitution, the president lays out the policy direction for the next year.
In Trump’s speech, he [Read more]
Trump asserted that we are all one family ... If he truly wishes to promote national harmony, then he should ... repair the fissure in society that he caused.
[O]nce the pact’s automatic extensions expire, it’s possible the agreement may end ... There’s no telling when the situation may suddenly change.
Either Japan or America can end the agreement with six months' notice, so it would not be inappropriate to call this arrangement unstable.
Even after the Trump administration is gone, the aftereffects of what it does will continue for a long time.
The successive accidents and troubles lead to questions about the way the U.S.-Japan alliance should be.
[T]he U.S. isn’t going to retreat and give up its hegemony ... it appears it's set its sights on creating a military alliance of the U.S., Japan, India and Australia to contain China.