President Trump has confided with his team about pulling out of a longtime defense treaty between the U.S. and Japan. The president sees the treaty as “unfair U.S. security pacts.” Trump feels the agreement is a one-sided deal promising U.S. aid to Japan if they are ever attacked. If the U.S. is ever attacked, Japan does not have to come to America’s aid.

After World War II the countries became allies and signed the treaty over 60 years ago. The Treaty was signed in 1951 with the Treaty of San Francisco, and it officially ended World War II. The Treaty was revised in 1960 and gave the right for the United States to set up a military base to defend the island nation.

The Trump administration feels the president will not back out of the treaty, and he has not shown any signs he will as it was only private talks amongst his team and how he felt it was not a good deal. All of the members of his team who spoke of this private conversation requested to remain anonymous.

Allies have been alarmed at how he withdrew from trade deals, and they were wondering what brought this up. Who can really blame the president? It is no different than having a friend who you have to be loyal to, but they can leave you in your time of need. It is not fair at all.

Withdrawing from the pact would cause the postwar alliance to crumble, and the guarantee would be erased by disrupting the foundation of the economic rise in the area. After World War II Japan agreed to renounce and forfeit their right to start any wars, and Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told the Bloomberg News, “There is no talk at all of a review of the Japan-U.S. security alliance as has been reported in the media.”

Should the treaty be discarded, security would collapse from China to the West Pacific. Nuclear arms would come into the picture, and if Japan felt the need to protect themselves from a nuclear attack, they would question the U.S.’s commitment to the Philippines, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, and all of their allies across the world.

President Trump will make a second trip to Japan in a few weeks as he will be headed to the Group of 20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. He will meet with Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister. It was said they enjoy meeting and have a good relationship among the countries.

However, along with the other U.S. allies, there is a bit of tension when it comes to trading. President Trump is not afraid to throw the word “tariffs” around.

The question is yet to be answered if a president is allowed to withdraw from a ratified treaty without Congress’ approval. Back in 2002, former President George W. Bush backed out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty without the consent of Congress. If it is good for one President, then it should be good for another.

President Trump has had his eyes set on the U.S. defense pact with Japan, and many wonder how many more pacts there are he has his eyes set on. The White House staff declined to answer any questions Monday on this issue. President Trump has stated on several occasions in private talks the U.S. has Japan’s back, and he is fully aware of the treaty and what it means between the U.S. and Japan. He just wants the treaty to be more reciprocal.

When Trump went to Japan last month, he told Marines and Sailors in Yokosuka at a naval base, “The U.S.-Japan alliance has never been stronger. This remarkable port is the only one in the world where an American naval fleet and an allied naval fleet headquartered side by side, a testament to the ironclad partnership between U.S. and Japanese forces.”

Japan refrained from offensive attacks since WWII, but Abe wanted his country to defend itself and its allies. This is why President Trump admires Abe and was questioning the treaty as one-sided.

Japan will be purchasing F-35 fighter jets from America and will have aircraft carriers for the first time since World War II.

Jeff Carafano, who is the vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the Heritage Foundation, stated, “There’s nothing that says we have to abide by treaties for all eternity. I just doubt we will revisit U.S. policy on the U.S.-Japan strategic alliance.”

41 thoughts on “Trump Looking to End Postwar Japan Defense Pact

  1. No brainer. Why one sided you scratch my back I scratch yours. Why hasn’t a previously pres. addressed this issue. This day and age you can’t be to sure who your enemies are.

  2. I have friends in Japan, that I met at Harvard and they have always been so nice and friendly.
    I always write a long letter at Christmas to let them know what we have done all year long.
    when my husband died, they called from Japan, and the first thing was said that they will miss the
    letters at Christmas, I will always write to them, Japan has become more friendly toward us and
    we to them. Keep peace always Audre ann

  3. President Trump is right…a one sided defense agreement is not fair to America and the American Tax payers. Lets not forget that many of the Japanese people complained of our ‘jet noise’ and wanted us to move our base. Let Japan support a base and share it with us. A mutual defense agreement would be fair to America.

  4. I believe that Japan’s prime minister would be agreeable to revising the current defense pact that has existed between the U.S. and Japan since the 1950’s. The Japanese are a very proud people, as witnessed by the comments/actions of the current prime minister, and he likely would be amenable to being a more active participant in Japan’s defense, should it arise. Also, revising the defense pact would be more in alliance to promoting self-determination among the Japanese who pride themselves on this aspect of their culture.

  5. Yes Japan is a ally of the USA ,but we must always put America’s interest first. It no guarantee in life of things to come or happen. Japan is a very valuable consortium to America economy, but it is one sided deal America are buy all these cars that innumerable for the consumer, Every where you look vehicles are overproduction and no where to storage them. I called this greed and bad management. I believe if america don’t get a whole on its immigration laws and the US Border with these illegal aliens the future looks anarchy and lawlessness. The economy will come to a lock down. America economy is prosper for now but over-stuff will over-take us. Sovereignty and law and order and justice must be first priority. When people break our laws it must be a chasten or rebuke /// 2. When there is moral corrupt within a nation,its government topples easily. But with wise and knowledgeable leaders there is stability. – 4.To reject the law is to praise the wicked,to obey the law is to fight them. 5. Evil people don’t understand justice,but those who follow the LORD understand completely. /// PROVERBS 28:2-5 Holy Bible!

  6. Japan can defend itself and the U.S. can help out but not pay for the retrubutions of world war 2. That war is over and Japan is strong enough to support its military, not us taxpayers.

  7. No need to worry if both sides that there is no problem. I will add that I have always been impressed what Japan said about General MacArthur as soon as the United States had “rebuilt” it after World War II, When the Allies first occupied Japan, the Japanese people diidn’t think much about him one way or another. However, when they saw all that he had done for their country, they grew to love him. Maybe, we shouldn’t forget too easily about this episode. It was the same with Lincoln after the Civil War: in the short time that Lincoln survived after the Civil War, the Southern States grew to love him, because all he required of them was that, after they had surrendered their arms, they were to take an oath of allegiance to the Union, and they could consider themselves part of the “family” once again.

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