Tokyo, July 2 (Jiji Press)–U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty expressed hope on Tuesday that Japan will increase defense spending in response to President Donald Trump’s recent complaints about the bilateral security treaty.
Japan can also buy more defense equipment from the United States and improve the interoperability of the U.S. military and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, Hagerty proposed in a speech at a conference hosted by the Research Institute of Japan, a Jiji Press affiliate.
When Trump demanded a review to the treaty, which he regards as one-sided, he “mentioned his frustration with a number of countries that are our allies who don’t spend as much as we do,” Hagerty said.
The ambassador also claimed that only the United States is boosting its defense spending in response to a surge in China’s defense budget.
Hagerty also underlined the need to recognize the current security situation marked by tensions in the South China Sea and threats from North Korea’s nuclear program.
Tokyo and Washington are expected to open negotiations next year to revise a special pact on Japan’s share of the costs needed to keep U.S. troops in Japan. Tokyo may be requested to pay more.
Regarding Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co., Hagerty said, “Entities that benefit from heavy state subsidies contaminate our free markets.”
The Japanese government’s effective exclusion of Huawei from the list of its suppliers is reassuring, he also said.