Brig. Gen. Christopher Mahoney, deputy commander of U.S. Forces Japan, gave a group interview to media outlets at the U.S. military’s Yokota Air Base (straddling Fussa and other cities in Tokyo) on April 22. He welcomed Japan-U.S. cooperation in cyber. “This area provides a perfect opportunity to enhance information sharing and interoperability,” he said. “We can develop closer ties.” Thus he underscored the importance of defense cooperation in new domains such as space, cyberspace, and electromagnetic waves.
Brig. Gen. Mahoney also touched on some media reports that the Japanese government had sounded out the U.S. on the military-civilian use of the U.S. military’s Yokota Air Base during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He said, “Nothing has been decided yet” and explained that the U.S. Military in Japan has not received any specific requests. But he said if the U.S. government approves Japan’s request, “We’ll draw up a concrete plan and support it one hundred percent.”