Japan needs reassuring. Buffeted by decades of economic stagnation and having ceded the position of second largest economy in the world to its rival China, Japan’s position has been in relative decline for years. Japan recognizes the 1960 U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security as its number one strategic alliance, but has watched with dismay as America has been fixated on the Middle East. At the same time, just across the East China Sea, China has embarked on a lengthy modernization and buildup of the People’s Liberation Army.
“Caroline Kennedy is Big in Japan“, The Daily Beast, April 23, 2014.