Since Kono Taros visit to the United States in January, this is another face-to-face meeting between the defense ministers of Japan and the United States seven months later. Japan economic news analysis said that the United States will hold a presidential election in November, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced his resignation. The meeting between defense ministers of the two countries is to show the unity between Japan and the United States and avoid a vacuum of cooperation. Japan and the United States have reached an intention to strengthen cooperation in maintaining peace and stability in the East China Sea, according to Japans industry, economy and commerce website, which is intended to contain China.
A scholar familiar with Japanese politics told the global times on the 30th that since becoming defense minister, Tano Kono has made tough remarks on the Diaoyu Islands, the East China Sea and the South China Sea for many times. Before that, it was also reported that he was going to inspect the Diaoyu Island in the air by the self defense force plane. These words, deeds and actions are undoubtedly provocative to some extent and are destructive to Sino Japanese relations.
According to Japanese media reports, Tano Kono said during his visit to Guam that he was considering competing for the post of prime minister. However, the above-mentioned scholars believe that in the short term, Konos wish is difficult to realize because of his limited personal qualifications and political resources. Hyping Chinas issues can help Kono seek more political interests, attract public attention, gain greater influence, and then prepare for the future election of prime minister.