2009年09月02日

日本の政権交代にピリピリする米政府


U.S. Is Seeing Policy Thorns in Japan Shift
( New York Times )

Japan’s landmark election presents the Obama administration with an untested government, creating a new set of imponderables for a White House already burdened by foreign policy headaches in Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea.

Inside the administration, the historic change in Tokyo is raising concerns that Japan may back away from supporting key American priorities like the war in Afghanistan or the redeployment of American troops in Asia, according to senior officials.

The big question many in Washington are asking is whether the vote was a harbinger of a deeper change in Japan, away from its historic dependence on the United States.

Professor Green said the new government would find that some of its proposals, like reopening talks on the relocation of the Futenma Marine airfield on Okinawa, were unrealistic, given the years it took to negotiate that deal. For the Obama administration, he said, the challenge will be to give Japan’s new leaders a face-saving way to back down.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・landmark (土地の)境界標、目じるし、画期的事件
・troop 軍隊、一団
・negotiate 交渉する、協定する
・challenge 挑戦、課題


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