A few years ago I interviewed one of our veterans who served in Japan shortly after the Korean War. They worked and trained alongside the Japanese SDF. The young officer was in frequent planning meetings with higher ranking officers
After one meeting, when the others began filing out, one of his superiors asked him “Why are we here, in Japan?”
The young officer replied “We are here to protect American interests and serve as a deterrent to the North Koreans and the Chinese and keep an eye on them.”
To that he replied “No, son. We’re here to keep an eye on the Japanese.“
Remember that when considering the latest CIA spy revelations coming out of Germany.