Daniel Mandell was recently a Council on Foreign Relations/Hitachi Ltd. international affairs fellow and a visiting research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs. He is also a US-qualified attorney who has previously served as Legal Counsel to the Office of the President, Republic of Palau.
Recognising that it cannot go it alone, Washington needs to coordinate its development efforts with like-minded partners.
The fallout of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – as well as nuclear testing in the Pacific – continues to hang over the US regional reputation.
Environmental concerns in the Pacific also come with political risks for Japan’s prime minister.