In our final episode on the US-Japan relationship, we’ll bring things up to the modern day and discuss the revival of the US-Japan alliance in the 2000s. After decades of tension, today the US-Japan relationship seems closer and more natural than it has ever been. Still, where will things go from here? Only time will tell.
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Ishihara Shintaro and Morita Akio.
Pyle, Kenneth. “Japan and the United States: An Unnatural Intimacy.” Journal of Japanese Studies 37, No 2 (Summer 2011), pp. 377-395.
Prime Minister Nakasone Yasuhiro presenting a Japanese-made portable TV to President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. Courtesy of aboutcampdavid.blogspot.com.
Michael Armacost during his time as ambassador to Japan (shown here with PM Takeshita Noboru). Armacost would return to Japan in the early 2000s as part of a push to get Japan to support America’s War on Terror.
President Bill Clinton was the first president to take a more assertive stance with the Japanese. He’s shown here greeting Emperor Akihito on a state visit to the US. Courtesy of Telegraph.co.uk.
JSDF soldiers deployed in Iraq. Courtesy of USA Tdoay.
Koizumi Junichiro is one of Japan’s great political legends. He’s shown here with Priscilla Presley and Lisa-Marie Presley (Elvis’s wife and daughter, respectively) as well as President George W. Bush. Courtesy of People Magazine.
An American Soldier in Tohoku as part of Operation Tomodachi, the American relief effort after the 3-11 disaster. Courtesy of the United States Army.
American Air Force personnel coordinating humanitarian efforts in Tohoku with the JSDF. Courtesy of the United States Pacific Air Forces.
Japan Coast Guard vessels intercepting a Chinese civilian ship in the waters around the Senkaku Islands. Activists from China, Taiwan, and Japan have all attempted to go to the islands in order to make their claims to them more visible. Courtesy of the BBC.
The current leaders of Japan and the United States: President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Courtesy of the BBC.