Friday, October 23, 2009

Japan: No base decision soon -

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    • The Japanese government said Thursday it would take its time in deciding whether to renege on a military realignment plan involving U.S. bases, despite warnings from the Obama administration that any reversal would spark serious consequences.
    • Japan's effort to redefine its alliance with the United States and its place in Asia reflects the new orientation of the government under the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), which won an overwhelming victory in August and took power after years leading the opposition.
    • A senior State Department official said the United States had "grown comfortable" thinking about Japan as a constant in U.S. relations in Asia. It no longer is, he said, adding that "the hardest thing right now is not China, it's Japan."