The Minister of defense ash Carter arrived in Japan on Monday with the visit, which comes amid fears that President-elect Donald trump can turn away from years of us-Japan security Alliance and increased concern about the North Korean threat.
"Our Alliance with Japan has never been stronger before this time," said Carter during the way to Yokota air base near Tokyo. "It's a two-way street, we provide enhanced security to each other," he added, saying he was "satisfied" with Japan's contribution to the Alliance.
Carter met with American troops stationed in Japan under a two-day visit longtime US ally. He also needs to meet with his Japanese counterpart, defense Minister Tomomi Indoi, and the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe on Tuesday. Abe became the first world leader, who met with trump after his election victory last month. Both men are silent about what they actually discussed during the meeting, but Abe told the press immediately after the visit that "Mr. trump is a leader.
Trump has expressed a skeptical view about the relationship between the US and Japan during his campaign, questioning the value of Alliance with Japan and said Tokyo must pay more U.S. troops stationed there. Carter is also willing to discuss controversial issues related to the presence of thousands of us Marines on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. The plan to move the Marines from Futenma to a new base in a less populated area, but at the same time as the movement is supported by the Abe government, local politicians have made efforts to block the move. This stubbornness has caused concern among American military officials. But perhaps more disturbing is the threat posed by nuclear and missile programs of North Korea. Harris, who oversees us forces in the region, also led the launch of ballistic missiles by North Korea as a reason for concern.
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