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Abe’s Trump Challenge and Japan's Foreign Policy Choices
March 07, 2017
Abe’s Trump Challenge and Japan's Foreign Policy Choices
Will Japan use Trump's presidency as impetus to commit to a new Asian security architecture in the region?
Abe’s Trump Challenge and Japan's Foreign Policy Choices
Japan’s First Overseas Military Drill Spotlights Growing Security Role
February 23, 2017
Japan’s First Overseas Military Drill Spotlights Growing Security Role
Tokyo’s defense forces conducted their first drill outside of Japan alongside Asia’s largest multinational exercise.
Japan’s First Overseas Military Drill Spotlights Growing Security Role
Japan's New Security Laws Could See First Test in South Sudan
October 27, 2016
Japan's New Security Laws Could See First Test in South Sudan
A GSDF unit joining UN peacekeepers in South Sudan could be the first authorized to use force beyond self defense.
Japan's New Security Laws Could See First Test in South Sudan
Why Japan Won't Get Too Involved in the South China Sea
October 29, 2015
Why Japan Won't Get Too Involved in the South China Sea
Domestic constraints will keep Japan from beefing up its security presence in the South China Sea.
Why Japan Won't Get Too Involved in the South China Sea
Japan Stands Up: Leveraging CSD and the TPP
October 22, 2015
Japan Stands Up: Leveraging CSD and the TPP
Insights from David Arase
Japan Stands Up: Leveraging CSD and the TPP
Don't Expect Too Much of Japan's Defense Reforms
October 09, 2015
Don't Expect Too Much of Japan's Defense Reforms
Japan's defense policy is indeed gearing for change, but the changes are limited and rooted in the US-Japan alliance.
Don't Expect Too Much of Japan's Defense Reforms
The Democratic Party of Japan: The Beginning of the End?
September 17, 2015
The Democratic Party of Japan: The Beginning of the End?
Japan's opposition has not been able to capitalize on the unpopularity of Shinzo Abe's security bills.
The Democratic Party of Japan: The Beginning of the End?
The Domestic Hurdles for Japan's Defense Reforms
May 06, 2015
The Domestic Hurdles for Japan's Defense Reforms
With Abe's U.S. visit over, the next task is getting the domestic security reforms he promised while in Washington.
The Domestic Hurdles for Japan's Defense Reforms
Japan's Argument for Collective Self-Defense
March 30, 2015
Japan's Argument for Collective Self-Defense
LDP official Masahiko Komura makes the case for collective self-defense after meeting with US Defense Secretary Carter.
Japan's Argument for Collective Self-Defense
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?
Amid Hostage Crisis, Japan's Diet Prepares to Debate New Security Legislation
January 28, 2015
Amid Hostage Crisis, Japan's Diet Prepares to Debate New Security Legislation
Shinzo Abe and the LDP plan to submit security legislation for approval during this session of Japan's Diet.
Amid Hostage Crisis, Japan's Diet Prepares to Debate New Security Legislation
Who Will Lead Japan's Opposition?
January 14, 2015
Who Will Lead Japan's Opposition?
Japan's largest opposition party, the DPJ, is in the midst of a close race for party president.
Who Will Lead Japan's Opposition?
How an Election Gives Abe the Upper-Hand on Collective Self-Defense
November 13, 2014
How an Election Gives Abe the Upper-Hand on Collective Self-Defense
A December election would be an Abenomics referendum, and an open door to a stronger military.
How an Election Gives Abe the Upper-Hand on Collective Self-Defense
Will U.S. Midterms Become Justification for Japanese Defense?
November 06, 2014
Will U.S. Midterms Become Justification for Japanese Defense?
A distracted ally may give Abe the rationale for a larger role in regional security.
Will U.S. Midterms Become Justification for Japanese Defense?
Japan’s State Secret Law Unmolested
October 16, 2014
Japan’s State Secret Law Unmolested
Civil society and a fractured opposition are unable to influence the government’s new power.
Japan’s State Secret Law Unmolested
US, Japan Overhaul Mutual Defense Guidelines
October 09, 2014
US, Japan Overhaul Mutual Defense Guidelines
The U.S. and Japan released an interim report this week on their ongoing efforts to revise their alliance's guidelines.
US, Japan Overhaul Mutual Defense Guidelines
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