Abe: Japan should boost security ties with U.S.
Japan should strengthen its security ties with the United States in the face of threats such as North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday. Japan has been moving toward a bolder security stance, upgrading its defense agency to a full-fledged ministry in January. Last week it signed a defense pact with Australia, the first such agreement with a nation other than the United States. Speaking at graduation ceremonies at the National Defense Academy, Abe — who is working to transform the country’s diplomatic and security policies — said regional threats such as North Korea meant still stronger ties with the United States were needed. Full Story