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The U.S.-Japan Security Relationship After the Cold War
The U.S.-Japan Security Relationship After the Cold War
By Francis Fukuyama and Kongdan Oh
RAND, 1993, 106 pp

For American readers, perhaps the most useful part of this study by two RAND Corporation analysts is the chapter on the Japanese reassessment of Japan's changing strategic environment now that the Cold War is over. There are brief summaries of alternative Japanese views on national security, the U.S.-Japan alliance and its future, whether Japanese and American societies are converging or diverging, and the potential for Asian regionalism.

The study's main part, on how the United States needs to alter its Japan and Asia strategy, is neither original nor very illuminating. It largely repeats venerable clich├ęs such as: the United States cannot afford to become isolationist, it should make clear that a "remilitarized" Japan is not in Japan's best interest, and the U.S. government must increase its staff of Asian specialists.