Abe’s Okinawa Problem
June 24, 2015
Abe’s Okinawa Problem
The deadlock between Tokyo and Okinawa is a vulnerability for the U.S.-Japan alliance writ large.
Abe’s Okinawa Problem
Do Shinzo Abe’s Defense Initiatives Matter?
June 23, 2015
Do Shinzo Abe’s Defense Initiatives Matter?
How Japan’s new civil-military relations change its security posture and policy.
Do Shinzo Abe’s Defense Initiatives Matter?
Japan: Controversy Over the National Anthem
June 22, 2015
Japan: Controversy Over the National Anthem
Educators and bureaucrats take their fight over the national anthem to court.
Japan: Controversy Over the National Anthem
Japan's Defense Reforms and Shinzo Abe's Image Problem
June 16, 2015
Japan's Defense Reforms and Shinzo Abe's Image Problem
Japan's prime minister has an image problem -- and it stems from his signature national security legislation.
Japan's Defense Reforms and Shinzo Abe's Image Problem
Japan and China: 'Intimate Rivals'
June 15, 2015
Japan and China: 'Intimate Rivals'
An interview with Sheila Smith, author of Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China.
Japan and China: 'Intimate Rivals'
Japan’s China-Driven Tourism Boom
June 12, 2015
Japan’s China-Driven Tourism Boom
Maritime tensions and historical issues notwithstanding, Chinese tourists are flocking to Japan. Why?
Japan’s China-Driven Tourism Boom
Abe Heads to G-7 with South China Sea, Asian Security on his Mind
June 08, 2015
Abe Heads to G-7 with South China Sea, Asian Security on his Mind
At the meeting of G-7 leaders in Germany, Shinzo Abe will speak on Asian security.
Abe Heads to G-7 with South China Sea, Asian Security on his Mind
The Emerging Japan-Philippines Security Partnership
June 06, 2015
The Emerging Japan-Philippines Security Partnership
Closer Japan-Philippines ties effectively complement U.S efforts to expand its regional presence.
The Emerging Japan-Philippines Security Partnership
Assessing Japan’s New Defense Policy Bills
June 04, 2015
Assessing Japan’s New Defense Policy Bills
Forget the hype, there is much less to the proposed new legislation than meets the eye.
Assessing Japan’s New Defense Policy Bills
In US, Okinawa Governor Pleads Case Against Base Relocation
June 04, 2015
In US, Okinawa Governor Pleads Case Against Base Relocation
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, a vocal opponent of the Futenma relocation plan, has his work cut out for him.
In US, Okinawa Governor Pleads Case Against Base Relocation
To Fight Terror, Japan Must Fix Its Intelligence Apparatus
June 01, 2015
To Fight Terror, Japan Must Fix Its Intelligence Apparatus
New counter-terror measures are a start, but Japan needs a more holistic approach in its fight against terrorism.
To Fight Terror, Japan Must Fix Its Intelligence Apparatus
What Japan's 'Proactive Contribution to Peace' Looks Like in Nepal
May 22, 2015
What Japan's 'Proactive Contribution to Peace' Looks Like in Nepal
Japan's aid to Nepal has gone largely unnoticed by the international community.
What Japan's 'Proactive Contribution to Peace' Looks Like in Nepal
The Japanese Defense Reform No One Is Talking About
May 16, 2015
The Japanese Defense Reform No One Is Talking About
Don't overlook Japan's "unspoken” defense reform agenda: defense acquisition.
The Japanese Defense Reform No One Is Talking About
Japan's Global SDF Will Need These Two Laws
May 15, 2015
Japan's Global SDF Will Need These Two Laws
Two new bills could revolutionize the Japanese military's ability to fight abroad.
Japan's Global SDF Will Need These Two Laws
Shinzo Abe’s ‘Glass Jaw’ and Media Muzzling in Japan
May 08, 2015
Shinzo Abe’s ‘Glass Jaw’ and Media Muzzling in Japan
The pressure on the press, both domestic and foreign, in Japan has been unprecedented under Abe.
Shinzo Abe’s ‘Glass Jaw’ and Media Muzzling in Japan
Japan's Nuclear Diplomacy
May 07, 2015
Japan's Nuclear Diplomacy
At the NPT review conference, Japanese politicians and citizens push for a nuclear-weapons-free world.
Japan's Nuclear Diplomacy
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