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U.S.-Japan Strategic Reciprocity
U.S.-Japan Strategic Reciprocity
By Edward A. Olsen
Hoover Press, 1985, 194 pp

"What Japan appears to be doing about defense and what it is [actually] doing are not necessarily the same," writes Olsen. "Tokyo is masterful at using tactics designed to postpone distasteful and costly defense decisions long enough so that the United States becomes frustrated, or distracted by other concerns, and lets Japan slip away with a minimal response." Although many American specialists on Japan would probably agree, the question is what to do about it. Olsen's major suggestion is to rewrite the Mutual Security Treaty to make it more equitable. But this will not change the domestic situation in Japan, where there is no consensus for a military buildup. Wouldn't the U.S. be wiser to try to get Japan to step up its already growing economic contributions to key countries such as Turkey, Egypt, South Korea, Pakistan, etc.? This is a role Japan finds more satisfactory and one which is vital to the promotion of international stability.