Many people interviewed by The Japan Times on the streets of Tokyo on Wednesday (Nov 9, 2016) were stunned after learning America had chosen Donald Trump as the next president, voicing concern over the future of the Japan-US alliance.
Throughout the campaign, the real estate mogul maintained a stance that US allies, including Japan, must dole out more cash if they want to continue to be protected by the US military, threatening to withdraw its troops otherwise.
At Ueno Park in Tokyo’s Taito Ward, Shigeru Saito, 67, a cram school English teacher, said he was disappointed with America’s decision.
“I’m really disappointed. America is a great power, so the result will inevitably have a tremendous effect (on the world),” Saito said.
“Japan-US relations, I believe, won’t change immediately . .. But he doesn’t know anything about diplomacy, and he is also an amateur in politics. I’m worried about the future.”
Miho Watanabe, 32, who was visiting the park with her two small children, was anxious about what the future holds for them.
“I’m surprised to hear the result. Trump said the US may withdraw (its troops from Japan). I’m worried about that,” she said. “Seeing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s right-leaning stance and Trump’s victory, I’m worried about the direction the world is heading in.”