Japan-U.S. Ties Benefit Entire Asia-Pacific: Experts

Saturday, May 22, 2010

TOKYO (Nikkei)--The Japan-U.S. alliance contributes to the prosperity and stability of the wider Asian region, participants at Nikkei Inc.'s Future of Asia conference agreed.

On Friday, the conference's final day, experts from the region called for stable ties between the two nations. Relations have been strained by the impasse over the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma base in Okinawa.

Kwon Tai-young, special adviser for the Korea Research Institute for Strategy, explained that the alliance has been a joint undertaking that has provided stability and maintained peace in the region for more than half a century.

China's relationship with Japan and the U.S. is not a zero-sum game, added Zhu Jianrong, a professor at Toyo Gakuen University.

Voicing his anxiety, former U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Evans Revere said that the Democratic Party of Japan's outlook for bilateral relations was still unclear even though some time has passed since the party took power.

Concerned about security policies under Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Hitoshi Tanaka, senior fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange, proposed "establishing a bilateral committee drawing from the public and private sectors to discuss the future."

(The Nikkei May 22 morning edition)

Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.