Until 1965 the Japanese Government was willing to follow the lead of the United States in foreign policy while focusing its efforts on economic development. In recent years, however, the Japanese have increasingly pursued an independent policy in which an eventual military disengagement from the United States seems likely.
Elster, James M.
"The United States—Japan Alliance,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 23
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol23/iss1/5