This is a much needed, pioneering study of the evolution of the U.S.-Japanese alliance since 1945. It is based on extensive primary sources, largely American. The author, a historian, is cautiously optimistic about the future. Japan still needs economic and security ties to the United States that could only be broken at the expense of destabilizing Asia and leading to vast problems between Japan and its neighbors. Similarly, no future U.S. administration is likely to disagree with the Kissinger-Vance view that the U.S.-Japanese relationship is vital to both countries. What is at issue is how best to proceed, not the value of the relationship itself.
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