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Japan and the US—an unnatural intimacy

Kenneth Pyle says the alliance is reaching the end of its natural life

By David Warren   March 2019
US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands © Pat Benic/UPI

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands © Pat Benic/UPI

In this book, Kenneth Pyle analyses Japan-US relations over the past hundred years and exposes what he describes as “a strange, anomalous alliance.” He begins with Roosevelt’s insistence on unconditional surrender during the Pacific War, which made Hiroshima and Nagasaki inevitable. The occupation imposed a liberal constitution on Japan. But Mao capturing China made Japan a US priority as a…

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