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April 18, 1996 - Image 9

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Clinton tells U
comuntment ti
The Washington Post seemed choked wi
TOKYO - President Clinton told luted by the Ameri
U:S.troops of his continued commitment "Fifty years ago
to the U.S.-Japan security alliance yester- one would have be
day, as he wound up a visit to Japan that can carrier and a Ja
is being seen here as an important mile- be berthed side by
stone in the relationship between the would work shoul
world's two leading economic powers. in and day out."
"We can do this because you are In his speech this
he,. backing our commitments with nese Diet, or parlia
r power," Clinton told 5,000 crew pected to reiterate
members and their families on the air- "maturing"security
craft carrier USS Independence, which the old World Wa
is. based in Japan. Clinton said that theme of histwo-da
dispatching the Independence to the For nearly 50
Taiwan Strait during recent Chinese States has been
missile tests and military maneuvers responsible for J
"helped calm a rising storm." tection, but Clint
.Clinton's visit to the ship came just ments he signe
hours after he and Japanese Prime Min- Hashimoto ensur
ir Ryutaro Hashimoto formally more active role.
signed a new joint declaration on secu- Administration
rity - an agreement committing the newly signed agre
United States to continuing its sizable importance, aland
military presence in Asia, including United Statesbein
around 100,000 U.S. troops. on Japan for milita
Among those aboard the Independence conflicts.
yesterday were the crew of the Japanese This week Japan
tiaval ship Myoko, several of whom provide logistical
rea represent
attitude of milita
Los Angeles Times
TOKYO - The joint security declaration signed yester-
day by President Clinton and Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro
flashimoto represents the start of a change in the way Japan
s its own military role, analysts here say.
Although pundits who declare Japan
at historic crossroads often turn out to
be wrong, everyone from liberal com-
mentator Minoru Morita to former de-
News fense official Narihiko Ueda agree that
the declaration has effectively pushed
Analysis the nation beyond its insular mentality
to publicly proclaim a responsibility
for Asia's peace through a powerful
military partnership with the United
W ntil now, the U.S.-Japan security treaty has overwhelm-
ingly been viewed here mainly as a device for Japan's
defense. But that raison d'etre became less credible after the
collapse of Japan's biggest Cold War menace, the old Soviet
Union - and because fewer Americans are willing to per-
petually support the treaty as a means of defending the
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S. troops of

SJapan aiance

th emotion when sa-
can president.
o," Clinton said, "no
lieved that an Ameri-
panese cruiser could
side, that our forces
der to shoulder, day
s morning to the Japa-
ament, Clinton is ex-
the importance of the
relationship between
ar II foes, the central
ay state visit to Japan.
years, the United
almost exclusively
apan's military pro-
ton said the agree-
d this week with
e Japan will take a
officials say the
eement is of historic
mark step toward the
g able to depend more
ary backing in Asian
made agreements to
support, from gaso-

line to civilian runways, to U.S. troops
in peacetime. And it pledged to study
whether it might take a more active role
in the event of war.
U.S. officials said Japan is far from
ready to send troops into battle alongside
U.S. forces, and they say that is not some-
thing the United States wants anyway.
But Japan has now guaranteed to be a
vigorous partner in almost all other kinds
of operations. And that is enormously
significant, they said, with China grow-
ing ever more assertive and North Korea
continuing its dangerous brinkmanship.
"Because of this, we'll be able to do a
lot more joint planning," said one ad-
ministration official, speaking on the
condition ofanonymity. Hesaid thenew
agreements will make it easier for both
countries to plan a coordinated response
in the event of a crisis on the Korean
Peninsula or elsewhere in the region.
The officials said these new initiatives
also show Japan's willingness to become
more involved in global issues. Japan has
increased its participation in U.N. peace-
keeping activities and it recently decided
to give $130 million to relief and recon-
struction efforts in Bosnia.

President Clinton waves to flag-bearing Japanese primary school students during a welcome ceremony at the Akasaka
Palace in Tokyo yesterday.

s new Japanese
ry responsibility
world's second-biggest economy.
"The concept that the security treaty is no longer a Japan
protection device, but is for regional security like NATO, is
a turning point," said Robert Orr, a senior research fellow at
Temple University here. "The extent to which that concept is
embraced means the survival of the treaty. If it can't be
embraced, the treaty will die because Americans won't
support it."
Both elements have always been part of the 1951 treaty,
under which the United States is obliged to defend Japan in
exchange for use of the bases and more than $5 billion
annually to support the 47,000 troops here. But analysts say
the declaration has clearly signified a reversal of those
priorities into a new, expanded role for Japan in helping
police the Asia region in concert with the United States.
The declaration has been backed up in recent days by new
agreements for Japan to begin supplying such services as
transport, refueling and the replacement of weapons parts and to
review 1978 guidelines on Japanese cooperation during military
crises. In addition, the two sides agreed to enhance technology
exchange, including joint research on the F-2 support fighter
and a current study into a ballistic missile defense.



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