Tuesday, October 29, 2013
U.S. Open To Japan Military Goals: Ex-Diplomat
TOKYO (Nikkei)--The U.S. understands Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's military objectives, but these should be discussed more openly, Kurt Campbell, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said Tuesday.
- Kurt Campbell
Speaking at a symposium in Tokyo sponsored by Nikkei Inc. and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Campbell pointed out Japanese military ambitions, while often reported on, are rarely discussed through diplomatic channels.
"There are two things that are going on in Japan," Campbell said, "but only one is talked about openly right now. There has been an enormous focus on modernizing and upgrading the U.S.-Japan alliance. There is also a clear intent to create more independent capability" in Japan.
Campbell said experts believe it is natural for Japan to seek a more independent military. "Most people who focus on Japan or Asia would welcome a dialogue with the country on its ambitions beyond the U.S. relationship," he added.
Nikkei Inc. and CSIS, a Washington-based foreign policy think tank, are holding their 10th joint symposium in Tokyo.