REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan - U.S. Senator Harry Reid speaks to reporters as U.S. Senators Charles Schumer, Patty Murray, and Dick Durbin look on, outside the Senate chamber in Washington April 21, 2015.

  • Blog Post

    Measuring the success of Abe’s U.S. visit

    May 11, 2015, Jennifer Mason | comments

  • In the News

    Clearly [Japan abandoning its longstanding policy on pacifism is] not happening now. I think that's why the government had to settle with just reinterpreting its right to exercise collective self defense. Now with, you know, more fluidity of politics, with new challenges in the its neighborhood, Japan feels that it needs to deepen its cooperation, its partnership with the United States and be a more reliable ally that can also come to the help of the United States.

    April 30, 2015, Mireya Solís, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • In the News

    [President] Obama and [Prime Minister] Abe met in Washington at a time when American foreign economic strategy is in dire need of a reset following issues over a planned China-led infrastructure bank.

    April 30, 2015, Mireya Solís, Japan Times Online
  • In the News

    [Prime Minister] Abe's use of the word "repentance" – instead of the more common term "remorse" – was significant [in his speech to Congress]. I don't recall that word being used in the past. To me, repentance implies that you see your actions as something that is wrong and that you want to distance yourself from it. [Prime Minister] Abe appeared to have gone further than he did in an address to the Australian parliament last year, where offered "sincere condolences," not an apology.

    April 29, 2015, Mireya Solís, The Telegraph
  • In the News

    The strategic dimension [of the Trans-Pacific Partnership] is something that the administration has been talking about for a number of years now. You’re seeing the administration really, I think, re-emphasize the importance of the TPP in terms of its leadership and engagement in the Asian region.

    April 28, 2015, Joshua Meltzer, CNBC
  • In the News

    The remaining points of contention [in the Trans-Pacific Partnership] — rice and cars — would be the most difficult areas for diplomats to find agreement. Also at issue is the size of the rice quota that the United States would have in the Japanese market.

    April 28, 2015, Mireya Solís, Foreign Policy
  • In the News

    There are a number of things that all need to fall into place in a really tight timeline [in order for the Trans-Pacific Partnership to get done].

    April 28, 2015, Mireya Solís, Foreign Policy
  • In the News

    The fact that [President Obama and Prime Minister Abe] couldn’t bring [the Trans-Pacific Partnership] together for the prime minister’s visit, I think it’s a missed opportunity.

    April 28, 2015, Mireya Solís, Politico
  • In the News

    I think [President Obama and Prime Minister Abe] tried to show they feel optimistic to reassert the commitment to get [the Trans-Pacific Partnership] done. But it’s a little concerning that they didn’t announce they moved past their differences.

    April 28, 2015, Mireya Solís, Foreign Policy

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