Japan’s defense chief says she believes her country’s alliance with the United States will endure in the Trump administration because it benefits both countries. Defense Minister Tomomi Inada was asked about President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestion that Japan build its own nuclear deterrent force. She says Japan expects to remain under the US nuclear umbrella.
She also says Japan will stick to its commitment to achieving a world without nuclear weapons. She spoke at a joint news conference Wednesday with US Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
Carter is stressing his view that US-Japan relations have never been stronger.