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International relations

Japan-US security treaty: How a 'friendship' became an 'alliance'

Relations could hardly be more different as the security agreement turns 60

What's in a word? Quite a bit in Japan, where references to "alliance," with its military connotation, were studiously avoided in Japan for decades.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vividly remembers the day when the politically charged phrase nichibei domei, or Japan-U.S. alliance, established itself in the official government lexicon.

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