Japan Chair Platform - July 12, 2006
July 12, 2006
CSIS Japan Chair Study Group New Roles and Missions: Transforming the U.S.-Japan Alliance Report of the Cochairs
A key principle of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty—the notion that the United States is primarily responsible for regional security and that Japan plays a secondary role—appears increasingly anachronistic when Japan is exploring new ways to expand its contributions to international security and the United States views its close ally as a key partner in the war on terror. The joint statement released during the recent Bush-Koizumi summit reaffirms a strategic commitment to define the security relationship in a global context and also welcomes advances in bilateral security coordination that will better position the alliance to meet new threats. Accompanying the great potential to expand Japan’s role in the alliance are numerous logistical, institutional and legal questions that could affect the extent to which Japan can implement envisioned roles and missions. Japan’s active discussions in the wake of North Korea’s July 4 missile tests regarding long-range strike capability on missile launch pads and other issues adds to the urgency of getting U.S.-Japan coordination right.
The Japan Chair convened a study group in spring 2006 to analyze the expectations, requirements, and obstacles for future alliance cooperation and produce a set of policy recommendations for public debate. To that end, this report addresses critical themes and offers a glimpse of the challenges ahead. This is not a consensus document. The participants do not necessarily agree with all of the conclusions in this report, and this report does not represent the views of their affiliated institutions.