PHOTO: A ceremony aboard the Japanese Battle Ship Mikasa, in February 2015, recognising British and Japanese cooperation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. US Navy via Wikimedia Commons
According to a recent article by Tomohiko Taniguchi, (advisor to PM Shinzo Abe) entitled
“Brexit: The view from Japan (or the ‘Tokyo Consensus’)”
following the Brexit referendum:
a new consensus has emerged amongst Tokyo-based policymakers, such as members of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and those close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, myself included. Call it the ‘Tokyo Consensus’. It assumes that, as far as Japan’s national interest is concerned, Brexit may well turn out to be a blessing in disguise. The benefits of Brexit for Japan, which are largely geopolitical, could offset its costs, which are mostly economic.
This assumption appears to be shared internationally. Conversations with diplomats and visitors from Australia, New Zealand, India and the US, amongst others, have given me a sense that the ‘Tokyo Consensus’ may have a wider, Indo-Pacific, application…It is as though the UK and Japan are meeting one another again and finding a common ground to strengthen their respective international standings. Brexit was a catalyst, and could further accelerate this development.
But then Taniguchi-san puts his finger on the key issue:
Whether Britain will be sufficiently bold and innovative to turn Brexit into a geopolitical advantage is the question.
Yes, we can.
Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas, Commander of US Navy 7th Fleet, UK Royal Navy Commander Simon Staley, and Warren Edge, MAST meet during a recent visit to Yokosuka, Japan
As part of the UK’s policy to strengthen its presence and situation awareness in E. Asia, the Royal Navy has posted an officer as permanent liaison to the US 7th Fleet, based in Yokosuka. Cmdr. Simon Staley is also tasked with establishing the position of U.K. liaison officer to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), the first time the Royal Navy had such a post since the Anglo-Japan Alliance in the 1920s. Cmdr. Staley will not only establish open dialogue with his Japanese counterparts, but also study the relationship between the U.S. and Japanese and the strong alliance between the U.S. 7th Fleet and the JMSDF.
“As the only British Officer in Japan behind the defence attache, I am charged with building relationships within 7th Fleet, understanding the environment better to inform U.K. policy and navy operational training, and to make a valuable contribution to the thinking, practices and effectiveness that the 7th Fleet staff delivers to this region daily,” said Staley. “It is truly a privilege to be here recognizing not only the significance of becoming a 7th Fleet Staff officer, but also the responsibility of the ambassadorial role I have for the Royal Navy and indeed the U.K. here in Japan. Collectively, we have much to learn from each other.”
See link here for details.