Transformation of the military-political union between Japan and the USA in the XXI century
Japan is officially linked to the United States by an alliance and cooperation relationship, with the United States playing a leading role in the alliance. Under the bilateral security agreement, the United States assumes responsibility for defending Japan from external aggression, for which it has a large number of its military facilities on its territory, as well as the deployment and relocation of military equipment, weapons and personnel. The US-Japan military alliance, despite the existing problems, continues to develop quite dynamically, it is valued by both Washington and Tokyo. The alliance is beneficial to both countries: the United States has a large group of troops in the Asia-Pacific region in close proximity to China and the DPRK and earns well by supplying its military equipment to Japan, and the Japanese side can count on some protection from possible North Korean aggression. The article reveals the peculiarities of the transformation of the military-political alliance between Japan and the United States in the XXI century. The first important milestone in the development of the alliance in the second decade of the XXI century can be considered the expansion of cooperation in the field of missile defense (ABM). One of the preconditions for this was the adoption in 2010 by Japan of a new plan for the development of the Self-Defense Forces (SFOR). With the coming to power in Japan in 2012 the new Prime Minister S. Abe the partnership between the countries is becoming even stronger. The main task at that time was to increase military power and change Japan's military policy until the possibility of revising Article 9 of the Constitution. During 2014-2022, Japanese-American cooperation is implemented in both bilateral and multilateral formats.
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