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FLAGGING JAPAN-U.S. ALLIANCE / Unceasing effort vital for mutual trust
The following is the last installment of a three-part series on the future of Japan-U.S. security relations in the wake of the inauguration of the new U.S. administration of President Barack Obama.
The Yomiuri Shimbun
When the major opposition Democratic Party of Japan held a party convention Jan. 18, Social Democratic Party leader Mizuho Fukushima delivered a congratulatory speech as a guest of honor.
In the speech, she spoke enthusiastically about the importance of a joint struggle by opposition parties against the ruling camp.
Fukushima, however, abruptly changed the subject in the speech, saying, "Our party is against the idea of sending Self-Defense Forces personnel for the purpose of battling pirates off …