The U.S. And Japan

May 31, 1991 • Volume 1
Trade and strategic issues create tensions in US-Japan relations
By Patrick G. Marshall


The persian gulf war increased tensions between the United States and Japan. U.S. officials were unhappy with Japan's slow response to U.S. entreaties for financial support for Operation Desert Storm and its decision not to send any personnel. The dissatisfaction with Japan's role in the war is only the latest irritant in relations between the two nations. Underlying most of the tensions is Japan's huge trade surplus with the United States. Many Americans believe the trade imbalance is the result of unfair trade practices by the Japanese. U.S. critics also say Japan isn't carrying its fair share of the defense burden. Japanese officials, meanwhile, say U.S. companies aren't trying hard enough to sell in Japanese markets. And many Japanese are questioning how much Japan should be giving in to the United States.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Jul. 26, 2002  Japan in Crisis
May 31, 1991  The U.S. And Japan
Apr. 09, 1982  Tensions in U.S.-Japanese Relations
Jul. 01, 1977  Japanese Elections
Mar. 04, 1970  Emergent Japan
Jun. 25, 1969  Okinawa Question
Jan. 05, 1966  Rising Japanese Nationalism
Jun. 02, 1960  Japan: Disturbed Ally
Nov. 18, 1959  Japanese Competition in International Trade
May 11, 1955  Relations With Japan
Nov. 03, 1954  Japan's Economy
Jan. 09, 1952  Trade with Japan
Feb. 28, 1951  Japan and Pacific Security
Sep. 19, 1947  Peace with Japan
Aug. 14, 1945  Emperor of Japan
Nov. 03, 1944  Russo-Japanese Relations
Dec. 09, 1939  The United States and Japan's New Order in Asia
Dec. 05, 1938  Japan and the Open Door Policy
Apr. 29, 1935  Japanese Foreign Trade Expansion
May 11, 1934  Japanese Policy in Asia
Oct. 12, 1932  Japanese-American Relations
Mar. 17, 1932  Boycotts and Embargoes
Feb. 10, 1932  Militarism Vs. Liberalism in Japan
Bilateral and Regional Trade
Regional Political Affairs: East Asia and the Pacific