BUSH SHOULD PLAN TOKYO SUMMIT TO STRENGTHEN U.S.-JAPAN TIES, ANALYST SAYS

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投稿者 屁利帝痔 日時 2001 年 6 月 12 日 16:40:00:

回答先: 「憲法改正支持を」日本の集団的自衛権行使 ヘリテ−ジ財団 米政権に提言 投稿者 sankei 日時 2001 年 6 月 12 日 16:33:00:

BUSH SHOULD PLAN TOKYO SUMMIT TO STRENGTHEN U.S.-JAPAN TIES, ANALYST SAYS

WASHINGTON, Jun. 08 2001猶resident Bush has traveled to California, but he should go even farther. To Japanムand soonムsays a new Heritage Foundation paper.

Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi arrives here for a summit this month. To further strengthen ties between Japan and the United States, President Bush should pay a reciprocal visit to Tokyo in October, writes Heritage analyst Balbina Hwang.

A presidential visit to Tokyo would show the world that Japan plays a critical role in ensuring peace and stability in Asia and contributes much to the regionユs economic vitality, says Hwang, an expert on northeast Asia. The visit also would demonstrate the Bush administration supports the new prime ministerユs efforts to institute political and economic reform.

Koizumi was elected prime minister in April on a platform of economic and political reforms not seen since the 1873 Meiji Restoration, when a group of young samurais created an メeconomic revolutionモ by melding traditional Japanese
values with Western entrepreneurial institutions and practices, the analyst says.

Such reform is needed, Hwang notes, because for most of the 1990s, Japanユs economy has floundered with stagnant growth and increasing debt. At the start of 2001, public debt reached 130 percent of gross domestic product (GDP),
totaling more than $5.6 trillion. (By way of comparison, U.S. public debt stands at less than 33 percent of GDP.)

Hwang writes that, besides visiting Tokyo, the Bush administration can improve U.S.-Japanese relations by:

●Supporting Japanユs interest in revising its constitution. Japan and the United States are military allies, but clauses in Japanユs 1947 Constitutionムincluding one that says the Japanese people メforever renounce warモムmake it difficult for Japan to deploy troops for peacekeeping operations or even joint military exercises.
Hwang says that President Bush should support Koizumiユs desire to revise (or at least reinterpret the meaning of) the Japanese Constitution. The president also should press for Japanese cooperation on developing a missile-defense system that can be shared between the two countries.

●Encouraging economic reforms. In meetings with the Japanese finance minister, U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul OユNeill should encourage immediate reforms that will reverse Japanユs economic slump, such as rooting out corruption in Japanユs banking system and demanding accountability on bad loans made by its banks and
corporations. メAt a time when the U.S. economy is slowing down, reviving the Japanese economy, the worldユs second largest, is imperativeムnot just from a U.S. perspective but from a global perspective as well,モ Hwang says.

●Suggesting that members of Congress and the Japanese Parliament meet more often. In particular, dialogue between the lawmakers should focus on ways to promote trade an d on the benefits Japan will derive from liberalizing its economy, Hwang writes.





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