Letter From Tokyo: New Regime, New Relationship
Kent E. Calder
A New Era in U.S.-Japanese Relations
Yukio Hatoyama became prime minister of
In his campaign for office, Hatoyama stressed the need to deepen relations with
Some analysts suggest that Hatoyama will try to separate
Hatoyama's DPJ has vowed to move a major
The DPJ has also questioned the broader
Amid such short-term frictions, there are also areas for potential cooperation. Japanese maritime forces are still engaged in anti-piracy missions far west of the Straits of
The Obama and Hatoyama governments share common interests regarding energy and environmental initiatives. Hatoyama has recently announced the ambitious goal of reducing
To further its interests while respecting DJP concerns about the symmetry of the U.S.-Japanese relationship,
The landslide election of Japan's Democratic Party in last weekend's parliamentary vote parallels the election of Barack Obama to the American presidency last November. In both cases opposition parties long out of power (in the Japanese case, all but totally excluded from national power during the six decades of the postwar Japanese government's existence) have been elected at a time of crisis to change the nation's policy.
Communist China Turns 60 and Reveals Its Insecurities
Nearly every comment being published on China's celebration of its brilliant economic successes has in one way or another raised the question of the future of a country that once was the most ideologically driven of major powers, but today has no governing ideology, or philosophy, or mobilizing goals. This above all threatens the governing Communist Party
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