Over its lifetime, the U.S.-Japan alliance has proven a resounding success. This report outlines how the United States and Japan can fully realize the alliance’s potential and lays out concrete steps to enhance U.S.-Japan security cooperation and strengthen the bilateral institutions, public support, and fiscal health that constitute the alliance’s foundation.
"The U.S.-Japan alliance is at a turning point. As the two allies celebrate a half century of accomplishments, they confront a strategic environment of unprecedented complexity," write the authors. "In this strategic environment, the alliance has immense potential to advance American and Japanese interests and to contribute to a peaceful and prosperous world. Nonetheless, the alliance’s potential may well go untapped. The United States and Japan should move quickly to address new security challenges together and, in so doing, renew a partnership that has benefited both allies and the region for decades."
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