Japan Matters for South Korea’s Security
November 10, 2014
A few months ago, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan raised concerns in South Korea when he stated in a Diet committee hearing that U.S. Marines cannot rush to defend South Korea without first engaging in prior consultation with Japan. Seoul’s fear is that Abe can effectively control Washington’s assistance to Seoul in a contingency on the Korean peninsula.
Jeffrey W. Hornung is associate professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu, HI, and an adjunct fellow with the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. The views expressed above are those of the author.