Japan's Relationship with its Neighbors: Back to the Future? Hearing Before the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, September 14, 2006   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Henry J. Hyde: "The Pacific has become the major waterway over which the world's commerce flows. Yet even a brief visit to the region reveals that turbulent undercurrents lie just below this Pacific surface. Whether a rising China will become a responsible stakeholder remains an open question. The ability of old rivals, Japan and China, to find living space without bumping into each other is an emotionally charged issue. North Korea, as it reminded all Americans with its 4th of July missile launches, remains a major source of regional instability, and maintaining the peace in the Taiwan Strait is a constraint challenge for us all. All of these sources of tension in the Asia-Pacific region require that we and our allies forge a united front; however, sadly, our history keeps getting in the way. Our two major allies in East Asia, Japan and the Republic of Korea have never joined in a common alliance. At a time when the increasing North Korean nuclear threat casts a long shadow over the entire region, it is not in the national interest of the United States to have our key allies at odds with each other." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael J. Green, Mindy Kotler, Kurt Campbell, and Yuki Tatsumi.

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