Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies’ (APCSS) Dr. Jeffrey Hornung published an article titled “Japan Chair Platform: Japan Matters for South Korea’s Security” on Center for Strategic and International Studies website Nov. 10.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

A few months ago, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan raised concerns in South Korea when he stated in a Diet committee hearing that U.S. Marines cannot rush to defend South Korea without first engaging in prior consultation with Japan. Seoul’s fear is that Abe can effectively control Washington’s assistance to Seoul in a contingency on the Korean peninsula. What Abe said is legally accurate, but Seoul has little to worry about given the importance with which Tokyo views the Korean peninsula’s impact on Japan’s security. That said, Abe’s statement is important in reminding South Koreans about Japan’s significance for South Korea’s security. And no, it has nothing to do with collective self-defense.

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