WALWORTH, Wisconsin -- America's alliance with Japan is "very strong" and can become "even stronger," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said in an interview Sunday, crediting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with seeking to build up Japanese defense capacity.
Walker, a contender for the Republican nomination, noted that Tokyo has its eye on China's activities in the seas to its east and south.
Walker described his familiarity with "the strong economic, educational and cultural relationship between the United States and Japan" as an advantage over other contenders for the White House.
The governor is known for his friendly stance toward Japan. He grew up in Delavan, a small Wisconsin town about a 10-minute drive from the Kikkoman soy sauce factory here, which he toured as a student. He even performed in an anniversary event organized by the Japanese company, he told The Nikkei.