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SPECIAL RELATIONS, STRATEGIC LOCATIONS
such thinking to keep the defence budget below one
percent in the Abe Administration’ and this fiscal
year’s defence budget stands at an all-time high of
$45 billion,48 while Australia is in the midst of its
largest naval construction program since WWII.49
Australia has embraced an active Japanese role in
the region and spending more on defence is one
way that Japan can gradually increase this role.
Whether Australia and Japan forge closer bilateral
ties, deepen their relationship with the United
States, or develop new multilateral relationships
with other states, both countries must now act with
an eye to the future to ensure that today’s choices
enable the necessity of expanding the purview of
the Japan-Australia security relationship across the
1 Michael Green, By More than Providence: Grand Strateg y
and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783 (New
York: Columbia University Press, 2017), 357.
2 ‘Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’ (Washington: The White
House, Office of the Press Secretary, 10 February 2017).
3 Steve Holland, ‘ Trump, Australia’s Turnbull move to clear
air after tense phone call’, Reuters (5 May 2017).
4 See日豪2プラス2 対北でも「準同盟国」と連携を,
Yomiuri Online (24 April 2017), http://www.yomiuri.
co.jp/editorial/20170423-OYT1T50111.html and see also
‘Japan, Australia should cooperate as “quasi-allies” over
North Korea’, Yomiuri Shimbun (24 April 2017), http://
5 Kent Calder, Pacific Defense: Arms, Energy, and America’s
Future in Asia (William & Morrow, 1996), 128.
6 Shinzo Abe, ‘Asia’s Democratic Security Diamond’, Project
Syndicate (27 December 2012).
7 Scott Cheney-Peters, ‘How Japan’s Nationalization Move
in the East China Sea Shaped the U.S. Rebalance’, The
National Interest (26 October 2014).
8 Ian Johnson and Thom Shanker, ‘Beijing Mixes Messages
Over Anti-Japan Protests’, The New York Times (16
が国の対処 – Trends in Chinese Government and Other
Vessels in the Waters Surrounding the Senkaku Islands,
10 Yasushi Kudo, ‘Polls show Sino-Japan public sentiment
worsens; direct interaction key to improvement’, The
Genron NPO (27 September 2016), http://www.genron-
11 Pew Research Center, ‘Hostile Neighbors: China vs. Japan’,
Global Attitudes and Trends (13 September 2016), http://
12 Pew Research Center, ‘How Asia-Pacific Publics See
Each Other and Their National Leaders’, Global Attitudes
and Trends (2 September 2015), http://www.pewglobal.
13 Pew Research Center, ‘Hostile Neighbours’.
14 The Lowy Institute Poll (21 June 2016), https://www.
15 Hugh White, ‘Australia’s Choices in the Asian Century’,
in International Relations of Asia, 2nd ed., edited by David
Shambaugh and Michael Yahuda (Lanham: Rowman &
Littlefield, 2014), 261.
16 Hugh White, ‘An Australia-Japan Alliance?’, Centre of
Gravity Series (Canberra: Strategic and Defence Studies
Centre, Australian National University, December 2012).
17 Interview with Andrew Shearer, ‘Australia’s Strategy in
Contemporary Asia’, Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs
3:1 (Fall 2016), 137.
18 Vanessa Wood, ‘Is it in Australia’s Interests to Strengthen
Security Relations with Japan?’, Indo-Pacific Strategies
Papers (Canberra: Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies,
Australian Defence College, October 2015).
19 Rory Medcalf, China’s Economic Leverage: Perception and
Reality, Policy Options Paper No 2 (Canberra: National
Security College, Australian National University, March
20 Ross Babbage, ‘Six Myths about China and the Need
to Diversity our Asia Links’, The Strategist (Canberra:
Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 1 May 2017).
21 Mark Beeson, ‘Bilateral Economic Relations in a Global
Political Economy: Australia and Japan’ (The University of
22 Wood, ‘Is it in Australia’s Interests’, 12.
23 Yusuke Ishihara, ‘Japan-Australia Defence Cooperation
in the Asia-Pacific Region’, ANU-NIDS Joint Research:
Beyond the Hub and Spokes (Tokyo: NIDS, March 2014),
Abe has said that there is ‘no such thinking
to keep the defence budget below one
percent in the Abe Administration’ and this
fiscal year’s defence budget stands at an
all-time high of $45 billion.
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