Robert Dujarric has some interesting advice to the Obama administration regarding Japan and more broadly Afghanistan in general in his comments to the previous post. I responded with some broad thoughts on what Japan could/should/wouldn’t do in the region and more broadly with regard to what I’ve been loosely referring to as the global infrastructure. Please go back to the comments if you’re interested.
Incidentally, Yomiuri says that there’s some reluctance on the part of Joseph Nye over the Tokyo posting, claiming that he wants a bigger portfolio. We’re not good enough for ya, huh? Seriously, the takeaway is that, whatever the outcome, the offer’s significance as a symbol of the continuity and bipartisanship with regard to the alliance and its importance remains unchanged.