Japan prime minister ‘encouraged’ following Mattis’s visit

BY JULIAN RYALL

Japan Correspondent

 

TOKYO — The Japanese government breathed a sigh of relief after new U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis confirmed during talks in Tokyo that Washington will adhere to the commitments of previous U.S. administrations.

The positions outlined by Mattis on issues of key concern to Tokyo included the future of the U.S.-Japan alliance, the cost of stationing U.S. troops in Japan, the nuclear umbrella and defense of the Senkaku Islands, which have been claimed by China, and were in sharp contrast to comments made by President Donald J. Trump before he . . .

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