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Quoted: New York Times on Japan's Foreign Policy

Excerpt from Japan Still Seeks U.S. Protection But Quietly Stakes Its Own Path by Motoko Rich, August 18, 2017 in The New York Times:
But other analysts said Mr. Abe is capable, when he sees it in the interests of Japan, of diverging from the United States.
Under the Obama administration, Japan imposed more limited sanctionson Russia than the White House wanted after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014. And Japan’s efforts to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership could also offer a template for some independence.
“That’s an example of Prime Minister Abe deftly keeping the right positive tone on the alliance at the highest levels,” said Mintaro Oba, a former State Department diplomat specializing in the Korean Peninsula and now a speechwriter in Washington, “but still managing to do his own thing outside of it.”


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