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GOJ officials have high hopes for Japan trip by Secretary Mattis

  • January 27, 2017
  • , Asahi
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Asahi reported that some GOJ officials feel that the upcoming East Asian tour by Secretary of Defense Mattis signifies the Trump administration’s policy of maintaining the “rebalance-to-Asia” doctrine, quoting Defense Minister Inada as saying at the Diet on Thursday: “It represents strong U.S. interest in the Asia-Pacific region.” The fact that President Trump has remained silent about the bilateral alliance since being sworn in has encouraged some GOJ officials, who speculated that when it comes to national security, the U.S. leader may be willing to heed the advice of experts, including Secretary of State-designate Tillerson, who said during a confirmation hearing that the Senkakus fall under the scope of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty. However, others are not so optimistic, with one saying: “It is still premature to predict that the views of cabinet members will be reflected in the President’s policy.” 

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