Asia Unhedged | Japanese populist embraces Trump’s call for Japan to step up on defense
Members of Japan's Self-Defence Force's honour guard prepare for a ceremony for U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Photo: Reuters, Toru Hanai
Members of Japan's Self-Defence Force's honour guard prepare for a ceremony for U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Photo: Reuters, Toru Hanai
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Japanese populist embraces Trump’s call for Japan to step up on defense

Innovation Party founder sees the moment as a wake up call

March 29, 2017 2:07 AM (UTC+8)

President Trump’s message to Tokyo to assume more of the burden in the US-Japan defense alliance has not gone unnoticed, writes the United States Naval Institute.

Japan Innovation Party founder Toru Hashimoto told an audience at the Washington DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies that Trump’s call “should be a trigger for us” to examine “our own thoughts of security.”

The Innovation Party is considered populist, and Mr. Hashimoto remarked that he “can relate to Mr Trump,” highlighting the shock Trump’s victory gave to the political establishment.

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