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GOJ concerned about review of U.S.-Japan security arrangements under “President Trump”

Yomiuri wrote that in view of the strong likelihood that Donald Trump will become the Republican presidential candidate, the GOJ and the ruling coalition are becoming increasingly concerned about the possibility of the U.S. calling on Japan to review their bilateral security treaty and shoulder more of the cost of stationing U.S. forces if Donald Trump becomes the U.S. President.

 

LDP Vice President Komura was quoted as telling reporters on Wednesday in Beijing that it is worrisome that the view that Japan is “getting a free ride” is taking root among the American people. Komura said it is necessary for Tokyo to continue its efforts to confirm that the U.S.-Japan alliance benefits not only the two countries but also the Asia-Pacific region as a whole regardless of who becomes the next president. Nikkei and Sankei expressed similar views. Foreign Minister Kishida was quoted as telling the press on Wednesday that the U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of Japan’s diplomacy and that Japan will maintain and strengthen its alliance with the U.S. regardless of who becomes the next U.S. President.

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