Noda Marches on; Both Sides Distracted?

Author
Michael J. Green, Nicholas Szechenyi
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Comparative Connections
Volume
14
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
September 2012
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
Prime Minister Noda advanced a legislative package on tax and social security reform but faced stiff political headwinds in the form of a frustrated public and a jaded opposition steeling for an election. Japanese concerns over the safety of the MV-22 Osprey aircraft scheduled for deployment in Okinawa dominated the bilateral agenda – at least in the media – and tested the mettle of Japan's widely-respected new defense minister. The two governments agreed to continue consultations on Japan's interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) but political paralysis in Japan and presidential politics in the United States could complicate efforts to make progress in the near term. Two reports issued over the summer addressing US force posture strategy in the Asia-Pacific and the agenda for US-Japan alliance, respectively, focused on the future trajectory for the bilateral relationship.
Topic
Security, Bilateral Relations, Reform
Political Geography
United States, Japan