We hope that when the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion says, “The Pres­i­dent un­der­scored his firm com­mit­ment to the U.S.-Ja­pan Al­liance and called for con­tin­ued progress in mod­ern­iz­ing the Al­liance by im­ple­ment­ing the joint re­align­ment ini­tia­tive,” they mean Mr. Obama

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ations with the rogue North, which re­cently an­nounced that it would con­tinue test­ing long-range mis­siles and sus­pended peace-rec­on­cil­i­a­tion talks with South Korea, while con­tin­u­ing to make threats against its neigh­bors. The to kid­nap­ping in the 1970s and 1980s. The Stal­in­ist regime has re­fused to re­turn them, or the bodies of those de­ceased, to Ja­pan.

Last fall, in the weeks lead­ing up to an agree­ment date with the Bush ad-

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