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60 years later, Japan-US security pact remains as vital as ever

Allies need to chart strategy for future that benefits both sides equally

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wave after speaking to Japanese and U.S. troops in Yokosuka, Japan, in May 2019.    © Reuters

Tokyo and Washington celebrated the 60th anniversary of their security partnership on Jan. 19, honoring a bond that has let Japan find prosperity in the aftermath of World War II. But the rise of inward-looking nationalism worldwide could threaten this relationship. Now is the time to reevaluate the alliance and discuss the course the two countries should take in the coming years.

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