Northeast Asia and US-Japan Relations
|Leader||Akihiro Iwashita (Professor, Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies, Kyushu University)|
|Researcher||Edward Boyle (Collaborative Assistant Professor, Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies)|
|Term||April 2017 – March 2018|
Relations between the United States and Northeast Asian countries like China, Russia, and North and South Korea are shifting rapidly. Even a Japan that moves in step with the US in its relations with China and North Korea is experiencing various problems in strengthening cooperation with its South Korean “ally”, while groping for autonomy in its relations with Russia (as seen in the repeated meetings between the two country’s leaders in the face of US opposition). Currently confronting the danger of a nuclear-armed North Korea intent on missile development, Japan and the United States are approaching a critical moment in which they must both provide direction while bearing the other’s geopolitical assets in mind.
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