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Japan's alliance with the U.S. has just gone global

Two nations now committed to jointly building 'free and open international order'

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U.S. President Joe Biden, left, with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Washington on April 10: The two countries' alliance is moving beyond defense and the Indo-Pacific region.   © Reuters

Jeffrey W. Hornung is a senior political scientist and the Japan lead of the national security research division of think tank RAND Corp. in Washington.

Last week's state visit by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to the White House, the first for a Japanese leader since 2015, was replete with the kind of talk we have come to expect from such events.

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