To Shoot or Not to Shoot?: Japanese Legislators Debate SDF Weapons Use
March 04, 2015
To Shoot or Not to Shoot?: Japanese Legislators Debate SDF Weapons Use
Japanese lawmakers in the ruling coalition are debating the merits of allowing greater weapons use by the Japanese military.
To Shoot or Not to Shoot?: Japanese Legislators Debate SDF Weapons Use
Japan and India's Warming Defense Ties
March 04, 2015
Japan and India's Warming Defense Ties
From defense sales to joint exercises, Tokyo and New Delhi are expanding the scope of military cooperation.
Japan and India's Warming Defense Ties
Japan Nixes Plan to Send Troops to Join Ebola Fight
March 03, 2015
Japan Nixes Plan to Send Troops to Join Ebola Fight
Japan misses a chance to demonstrate the softer side of the SDF.
Japan Nixes Plan to Send Troops to Join Ebola Fight
Japan’s Defense Ministry Seeks to Roll Back Civilian Control
February 28, 2015
Japan’s Defense Ministry Seeks to Roll Back Civilian Control
New reforms would give Japan's SDF personnel increased say over military decisions.
Japan’s Defense Ministry Seeks to Roll Back Civilian Control
Abe May Address Joint Session of US Congress
February 25, 2015
Abe May Address Joint Session of US Congress
Shinzo Abe may address a joint session of U.S. Congress -- a first for any Japanese prime minister.
Abe May Address Joint Session of US Congress
Japan's Crown Prince Rebukes Historical Revisionism
February 25, 2015
Japan's Crown Prince Rebukes Historical Revisionism
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito cautioned that Japan should "humbly and correctly" look back on its past.
Japan's Crown Prince Rebukes Historical Revisionism
Japan Troop Deployment Near Taiwan Clears Major Hurdle
February 25, 2015
Japan Troop Deployment Near Taiwan Clears Major Hurdle
Residents on Yonaguni Island voted in favor of a proposed base housing SDF troops.
Japan Troop Deployment Near Taiwan Clears Major Hurdle
Could Japan Go Minesweeping in the Strait of Hormuz?
February 18, 2015
Could Japan Go Minesweeping in the Strait of Hormuz?
PM Abe's LDP and the Komeito Party debate whether minesweeping operations qualify as collective self-defense.
Could Japan Go Minesweeping in the Strait of Hormuz?
Japanese PM Abe Urges Most Drastic Reforms Since WW2
February 18, 2015
Japanese PM Abe Urges Most Drastic Reforms Since WW2
Shinzo Abe called on Japan's Diet to push through structural reforms in the coming year.
Japanese PM Abe Urges Most Drastic Reforms Since WW2
Japan Mulls Creating Its Own CIA
February 13, 2015
Japan Mulls Creating Its Own CIA
After the Islamic State hostage crisis, Japan wants to beef up its intelligence apparatus.
Japan Mulls Creating Its Own CIA
Agricultural Reforms in Japan Pave the Way for TPP
February 12, 2015
Agricultural Reforms in Japan Pave the Way for TPP
New reforms curtail the strength of Japan's powerful farm lobby, Japan Agriculture Cooperative.
Agricultural Reforms in Japan Pave the Way for TPP
Abe’s Ongoing Defense Policy Changes
February 09, 2015
Abe’s Ongoing Defense Policy Changes
The Japanese government continues to push ahead with changes to Japan’s defense policy.
Abe’s Ongoing Defense Policy Changes
Japan Wades Into South China Sea Issue
February 06, 2015
Japan Wades Into South China Sea Issue
Japan is becoming more involved in the South China Sea disputes through increased outreach to Southeast Asian partners.
Japan Wades Into South China Sea Issue
The Islamic State May Have Derailed Japan’s Foreign Policy Outreach
February 05, 2015
The Islamic State May Have Derailed Japan’s Foreign Policy Outreach
How the domestic political fallout from the brutal murder of two Japanese nationals could upend Abe's foreign policy.
The Islamic State May Have Derailed Japan’s Foreign Policy Outreach
Post-Hostage Crisis, What Is Japan's Role in the Middle East?
February 04, 2015
Post-Hostage Crisis, What Is Japan's Role in the Middle East?
Japan should not let the tragic murder of two citizens shake its resolve to uphold world peace and security.
Post-Hostage Crisis, What Is Japan's Role in the Middle East?
Tokyo Snubs Okinawa's New Anti-Base Governor
February 04, 2015
Tokyo Snubs Okinawa's New Anti-Base Governor
The LDP is using its position as Japan's governing party to make life difficult for Okinawa's new anti-base governor.
Tokyo Snubs Okinawa's New Anti-Base Governor
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