Strength in numbers.
America’s alliances, new and old.
Something interesting came through on the Sankei Shimbun yesterday, to the effect that Japan was joining AUKUS:
About thirteen hours later came the official denial:
None of this is particularly conclusive. If Japan has been invited to join AUKUS, the announcement almost certainly wouldn’t be coming via a scoop in a mid-circulation regional paper whose readership is exceeded by that of Tokyo Sport. That also doesn’t mean Sankei got it wrong. Japan in AUKUS makes sense on multiple levels — which is why so many people on Twitter immediately accepted the news as fact — and the question of its participation seems more like one of when than whether.
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