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Armitage-Nye report urges strengthened U.S.-Japan alliance 

Nikkei reported on the fifth and most recent version of the Armitage-Nye report on the U.S.-Japan alliance, drafted by former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Nye. The paper wrote that the report, which was released ahead of the launch of the Biden administration in January 2021, stressed the need for the United States and Japan to strengthen their cooperation in supporting Taiwan and to expand the scope of intelligence sharing by allowing Japan to join the Five Eyes network as part of their effort to counter China. The paper also wrote that the report explicitly expressed concern over China while making fewer policy-related demands on Japan compared with past reports. The report welcomed former Prime Minister Abe’s leadership in promoting a “free and open Indo-Pacific” and urged Prime Minister Suga to continue the initiative. The paper quoted Foreign Minister Motegi as telling reporters on Tuesday that the Armitage-Nye report positively evaluates the role played by Japan in the bilateral alliance. Sankei ran a similar report. 

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