Crs Report for Congress : Japan-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress: March 21, 2005 - Ib97004. Richard P Cronin

Crs Report for Congress : Japan-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress: March 21, 2005 - Ib97004
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Author: Richard P Cronin
Page Count: 22 pages
Published Date: 03 Oct 2013
Publisher: Bibliogov
Publication Country: United States
Language: English
Format: Pdf
ISBN: 9781287863076
Download Link: Crs Report for Congress Japan-U.S. Relations Issues for Congress March 21, 2005 - Ib97004
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The post-World War II U.S.-Japan alliance, long the anchor of the U.S. security role in East Asia and the Pacific, rests on shared democratic values and mutual interest in Asian and global stability and development. Alliance cooperation has deepened significantly since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The U.S. maintains about 53,000 troops in Japan, about half of whom are stationed on the island of Okinawa. Trade friction has decreased in recent years, partly because concern about the trade deficit with Japan has been replaced by a much larger deficit with China and the latter's association with concerns about the loss of manufacturing jobs. For 2004 the merchandise trade deficit with Japan was about $75 billion, compared with about $164 billion for China. U.S.-Japan relations are of concern to Members and Committees with responsibilities or interests in trade and international finance and economics, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. bases in Japan, ballistic missile defense (BMD), and regional security. Congressional support for security cooperation with Japan stems in particular from concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile proliferation, terrorism, and China's potential emergence as the dominant regional military power. In October 2001 the Koizumi government gained unprecedented parliamentary passage of unprecedented legislation ...

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