The U.S. – Japan Alliance and Japanese Diplomacy in East Asia |

The U.S. - Japan Alliance and Japanese Diplomacy in East Asia


The U.S.-Japan alliance is the supporting pillar of a "liberal international order." The reforms and open-door policies, together with the spectacular economic growth achieved by China from the 1970s and on, have been the fruits of the "liberal international order"  underpinned by the U.S.-Japan alliance. The role of Japan within this framework is to use the U.S.-Japan alliance as the basis for determining responses to numerous problems, thereby working to prevent the surfacing of a latent structure of rupture between the developed democracies and the newly emerging countries. In that nuance, significance of the U.S.-Japan alliance must be refined from a global outlook, while comprehensively building up diplomacy with China. In a period of uncertainty of a global scale, it is the agreement of the countries of East Asia that the U.S.-Japan alliance is actually one of the few stabilizing elements. Accordingly, the work of genuinely redefining the U.S.-Japan alliance must be accompanied by close consultation with the countries of East Asia, particularly ASEAN and South Korea. For the time being, however, efforts to use the U.S.-Japen alliance as the basis for constructing a "liberal international order" will likely be seen in the eyes of the Chinese as an attempt to curb the emergence of China itself, leading to heightened friction and discord. There will thus be a need to adopt proper precautions on this front, while at the same time continuing to press on with perseverance toward the goal.

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Dr Yoshihide Soeya, Professor of Political Science; Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, Keio University

Wednesday, 09 March 2011
5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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