Accession Number : ADA308750

Title :   Strategic Forum. Number 75. The U.S.-Japan Alliance Redefined.

Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Cronin, Patrick M.

PDF Url : ADA308750

Report Date : MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : In April 1996, in one of the most important bilateral summit meetings in the history of the U.S.-Japan alliance, President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto convincingly reaffirmed the significance of the security relationship to the emerging security environment. Alliance managers in both countries faced growing pressure to reduce U.S. troop presence, particularly in Okinawa. An interim report of the Special Action Committee on Okinawa, released just prior to the summit, recommending the return of one-fifth of the total acreage (including the Futenma Air Station) of U.S. facilities to Okinawa within the next 5 to 7 years, won a ringing endorsement from most Japanese. The two leaders were able to focus on a Japan-U.S. Joint Security Declaration on Security which publicly articulated the alliance's goal: to provide regional stability and build a broader, more durable security architecture for the Asia-Pacific area. Challenges to the summit's success could arise from two sources: exaggerated public understanding within Japan and the United States over what to expect from the other partner, and miscalculations of other regional actors, especially the potential for China to perceive U.S.-Japan collaboration as threatening.

Descriptors :   *UNITED STATES, *POLITICAL ALLIANCES, *JAPAN, *WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL), MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), STATIONS, STABILITY, ENVIRONMENTS, LEADERSHIP, MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, MILITARY PUBLICATIONS, PERIODICALS, CHINA, MILITARY DOWNSIZING, OKINAWA.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE