Why Shirking The Burden Isn't In Japan's Best Interests

Almost a year ago, at a Palm Springs summit with Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu, President Bush hailed a new "global partnership" between the two countries. The Americans believed that Japanese economic clout and political influence could be enlisted to help build a U. S.-designed world order. In return, Washington gave tacit assurance that it would cool U. S.-Japanese economic frictions.

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