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Japan-U.S. security alliance must be bedrock of shared values

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20.01.2020

On Jan. 19, 1960, Japan and the United States signed their current bilateral security treaty, a revised version of the original, one-sided treaty.

The revised treaty simply stipulated that Tokyo gave Washington the right to “dispose United States land, air and sea forces in and about Japan” to “contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security in the Far East and to the security of Japan.”

The revision to the bilateral security treaty under the initiative of then Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi has obligated the United States to defend Japan.

Since then, the treaty has been the linchpin of Japan’s foreign and security policies.

It is also to be remembered that the revised treaty was rammed through the Diet in Japan amid a massive wave of strong protests called “ampo toso” (the struggle over the security treaty).

This history was echoed in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s headlong rush to enact new national security legislation five years ago.

In Japan, the bilateral security treaty is superior to........

© The Asahi Shimbun