IF10199 – U.S.-Japan Relations – 08/16/2016
Many analysts say U.S.-Japan relations have reached a high-water point under President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Updated defense arrangements, regular and successful high-level visits, and strategic alignment have solidified the two countries’ military alliance. Globally, the two countries cooperate on scores of multilateral issues, from nuclear nonproliferation to climate change negotiations to responding to global health crises. The closeness of the relationship was on display on two symbolic occasions: Abe’s address to a joint meeting of Congress in April 2015 and President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima in May 2016. Both instances were historic firsts for leaders of the two countries.