Armitage, Nye urge Japan to bolster spending on defense

October 5, 2018

Asahi Shimbun:

WASHINGTON–Japan should increase defense spending beyond 1 percent of its gross domestic product to deal with the growing threats from China and North Korea, according to a report compiled by prominent foreign policy experts.

The report titled “More Important than Ever: Renewing the U.S.-Japan Alliance for the 21st Century” also warned that the policies and thinking of U.S. President Donald Trump could threaten the Japan-U.S. alliance.

The Center for Strategic & International Studies panel, co-chaired by Richard Armitage and Joseph Nye, released the report on Oct. 3.

Both Armitage and Nye have served in top positions in the U.S. State and Defense departments under Republican and Democratic administrations. They have also co-authored past reports on the state of Japan-U.S. relations and what was needed to improve ties.

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