The Asia-Pacific is about America's future and Obama believes this must be reflected in the U.S. government's global strategy. So, even as the threat of a more chaotic Middle East has loomed, people from America's two political camps still want to make sure that the strategic gravity of the country remains in Asia.
President Obama has just completed a two-day visit to Japan for high-level meetings, including an unprecedented "three-star sushi shop conference" with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Now that the two nations have reaffirmed their longstanding alliance, including a commitment by the U.S. to Japan's defense of the Senkaku Islands, I would like even more strongly to press for my suggestion that Mr. Abe to pay his respects at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Hawaii. This is because the gap in understanding between Japan and the U.S. remains a deep one, despite Mr. Obama's visit.