Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump after a joint press conference at the White House on Februrary 10. Photo: Kyodo

Why pacifist Japan is standing by its old friend America in naval power play

Donald Kirk says the sending of the warship Izumo to protect a US Navy supply ship, in a first for Japan’s maritime defence, stems from Tokyo’s fear of isolation, with no good friends in the region

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump after a joint press conference at the White House on Februrary 10. Photo: Kyodo
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.