By Richard Armitage and Zack Cooper
Special to The Yomiuri Shimbun
November 21, 2021
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, recognized in the United States as an authority on security in the Asia-Pacific region, contributed the following essay to The Yomiuri Shimbun in collaboration with Zack Cooper, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. In it they pose the question of whether Japan needs a military technology deal like a the so-called AUKUS agreement among Australia, Britain and the United States. They also propose joint development of surface-to-ship missiles by Japan and the United States. The essay emphasizes the need for the two allies to strengthen their countermeasures against China’s military expansion.