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It is time to transform the US-Japan alliance

Real burden-sharing debate is not about money

| Japan
The Quad ministerial meeting in Tokyo on Oct 6: Tokyo created conditions favorable to reviving the Quad.   © Reuters

Zack Cooper is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies U.S. strategy in Asia, including alliance dynamics and U.S.-China competition. Hal Brands is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies U.S. foreign policy and defense strategy.

During Donald Trump's presidency, an ominous cloud has drifted over the U.S.-Japan alliance: the impending negotiations over burden-sharing.

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