Sunday, April 22, 2007

Book of the week

In honor of Prime Minister Abe's visit to Washington later this week, this week's selection for book of the week is an oldie but a goodie -- senior Asahi correspondent Funabashi Yoichi's Alliance Adrift, an account of the process of reaffirming and redefining the US-Japan alliance during the middle and late Clinton administration.

As I have argued consistently, the alliance is in the midst of a similar period of political drift, and as Abe heads to Washington to patch up relations, it is worthwhile to look back to see how the US and Japanese governments struggled with and briefly overcame problems in the relationship.

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