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     May 5, '14

Green is the best color for US-Japan ties
By Andrew DeWit

US President Barack Obama's April 23-25 visit to Japan unfortunately went pretty much as expected. Obama asked for concessions on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, and received a souvenir "key milestone" whose

content and location remain a mystery.

Abe asked for exports of fracked gas, kind words about nuclear power, and promises on the Senkaku-Diaoyu Island dispute, and - for what they are worth - got commitments on paper. The US-Japan Joint Statement and Obama's comments to the Yomiuri newspaper emphasized collaboration, including "coordination between our militaries". But on energy, Team Abe and the nuclear village won out and the official depiction of collaboration was limited to "working together to promote the development of clean energy, including by facilitating business cooperation and deepening civil nuclear cooperation".

There was no emphasis on US-Japan military cooperation on climate change, even though the US military itself has for years identified climate change as the mother of all threats. But Japanese energy politics and Team Abe's preferences apparently led to ignoring pertinent items, as well as the fact that there is already a "Green Alliance" between the US and Japan that could transform the climate-energy equation.

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Posted with permission Japan Focus.

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