Admiral Timothy Keating, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, reviews the Honor Guard at the Ministry of Defense. U.S. Department of Defense photo.

“You can’t go to Japan often enough if you’re a senior American official. The Japanese, god bless them, are a singularly important ally, friend, partner of ours . In three years of Pacific Command, I met 7 different Ministers of Defense.”

Retired Admiral Timothy Keating, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, 2007-2009.  “Security in the Indo-Pacific: Towards a Regional Strategy”, American Enterprise Institute, December 15th, 2010.

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A former contributor to World Intelligence (Japan Military Review), James Simpson joined Japan Security Watch in 2011, migrating with his blog Defending Japan. He has a Masters in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and is currently living in Kawasaki, Japan. His primary interests include the so-called 'normalization' of Japanese security (i.e. militarization), and the political impact of the abduction issue with North Korea.
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