By: Jack Detsch | FOREIGN POLICY |
[F]ormer officials still arenâ€™t sure that Japan has the capability to help out if a conflict kicks off farther away from home. That matters to U.S. planners because Washington wants to be able to count on Tokyoâ€™s help â€¦ . But Japan has spent so many decades playing in front of the goal that some experts fear it canâ€™t move much further afield. â€œTheyâ€™ve had their own realignment within Japan to meet the challenge in the south because they themselves had a legacy posture for the Cold War,â€ said Randall Schriverâ€¦ . â€œWhen you get farther away, it gets more difficult because they werenâ€™t built for that.â€â€¦
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