During his recent trip to Tokyo, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reassured Japan that there is no "weakness on the part of the United States as to our complete and absolute commitment to the security of Japan," emphasizing the US's strategic rebalancing, or so-called "pivot" towards Asia.
This was not just rhetoric to calm Japanese nerves, says Edward Schwarck, Asia fellow at Britain's Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). "US commitment in the region is absolutely unshakeable," he told DW. "A credible US security assurance to Japan is fundamental to the entire alliance architecture of the Asia-Pacific."
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