Since the early 1980s, the American defense establishment has sought greater reciprocity in U.S.-Japan technology flows, recognizing the potential applicability of Japan's considerable commercial technical expertise in developing weapons systems. Paul G. Kaminski, who served until this spring as the Clinton administration's under secretary of Defense for acquisition and technology, played a leading role in fostering these exchanges during his long, distinguished career as a public servant. Before he left the Pentagon Mr. Kaminski reviewed for JEI Senior Political Analyst Barbara Wanner the nearly 20 years of progress that the United States and Japan have realized in military technology development cooperation. He also outlined areas for possible future collaboration.
Fiscal Reconstruction Plans Set by Jon Choy
The Conference on Fiscal Structural Reform unveiled a raft of measures June 3 to keep discretionary general account expenditures for FY 1998 under the current fiscal year's level. The Japanese business community hailed the package as an important step in the right direction. At the same time, however, spokespeople for specific industries that would be affected by the proposed cuts worried that their businesses would bear the brunt of the plan's negative effects. Some analysts cautioned that fiscal austerity might cut short the current economic upturn.
MITI White Paper Focuses On Globalization by Douglas Ostrom
Japan is far from Europe, but two subjects &emdash; deregulation and global competition &emdash; that played a role in a pair of late spring European elections also created an important theme for writers of Japan's 1997 trade white paper, which was released May 20. While Ministry of International Trade and Industry officials may have kept an eye on Europe in selecting themes for the latest annual trade report, their international audience included American policymakers.
Asian Impact Of Quadrennial Defense Review Scrutinized by Barbara Wanner
Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto welcomed May 20 Washington's pledge to maintain 100,000 U.S. troops in both Europe and the Asian Pacific, a key feature of a new multiyear defense plan, the so-called Quadrennial Defense Review, released the previous day. Insiders say that the Hashimoto government basically accepts the Department of Defense's view that a near-term reduction of the current 100,000 Asian-deployed U.S. troops could elevate the security risk posed by uncertainties in Northeast Asia.
Boardroom Drama At ANA by Arthur J. Alexander
The president and chief executive officer of All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., Seiji Fukatsu, unexpectedly announced his resignation May 9 because of internal company disagreements over executive changes &emdash; a move that opened the curtain on the kind of boardroom drama not usually revealed to audiences of Japanese corporate life. This first act of the public play was followed by the resignations of ANA's honorary chairman and its chairman as well as the withdrawal of the man chosen to be the new president.