U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg,(r), and Japan's Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone before their meeting at Japan's Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, June 1, 2009, where the U.S. & Japan recommitted to rein in the threat from North Korea.
"Joseph Nye's Testimony from Hearings on 'Japan's Changing Role'"
June 25, 2009
Author: Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security
An excerpt from Joseph S. Nye's testimony:
"Japan is going through a period of uncertainty and realignment in its domestic politics. An election is expected before September, and current public opinion polls suggest that the long ruling Liberal Democratic Party may be replaced. The opposition Democratic Party of Japan has expressed skeptical positions about a number of measures that the current government has proposed to reinforce the Japan-U.S. security alliance. In addition, North Korea's detonation of a second nuclear device and launching of rockets over Japan has created anxieties that lead some observers to wonder whether Japan will reverse its long standing decision not to seek a national nuclear deterrent capability."
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- nye062509.pdf (1.1 MB PDF)
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