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‘Womenomics’ Comes to Japan's Defense Sector
May 09, 2017
‘Womenomics’ Comes to Japan's Defense Sector
Women are making in-roads in the Defense Ministry and Self-Defense Forces, but more needs to be done.
‘Womenomics’ Comes to Japan's Defense Sector
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
Japan, US Conduct Amphibious Landing Exercises
July 31, 2014
Japan, US Conduct Amphibious Landing Exercises
The exercises took place on the sidelines of RIMPAC 2014.
Japan, US Conduct Amphibious Landing Exercises
Japan’s Sensible New Defense Chief
June 16, 2012
Japan’s Sensible New Defense Chief
The choice of Satoshi Morimoto to head Japan’s Defense Ministry has surprised many. But the media and opposition party criticism is misplaced.
Japan’s Sensible New Defense Chief
Japan Readies for North Korea Test
March 31, 2012
Japan Readies for North Korea Test
Japan says its SDF is preparing “destruction measures” against potential North Korean ballistic missiles.
Japan Readies for North Korea Test
March 28, 2012
Do U.S. Cuts Threaten its Allies?
An increasingly cash-strapped America is promising significant cuts to its military. Coupled with a rising China, would the U.S. have to give up on its allies?
Do U.S. Cuts Threaten its Allies?
Japan’s Growing Military Confidence
March 20, 2012
Japan’s Growing Military Confidence
The Japanese Self-Defense Forces performed admirably after last year’s tsunami. Expect a more confident force to play a growing role in disaster response.
Japan’s Growing Military Confidence
Japan’s Defense Industry Lifeline
December 31, 2011
Japan’s Defense Industry Lifeline
The Japanese government’s decision to relax rules on defense exports has the potential to give the country a much-needed national security boost.
Japan’s Defense Industry Lifeline
Report: Japan Chooses F-35
December 14, 2011
Report: Japan Chooses F-35
Reports suggest Japan is set to buy F-35 fighters from the United States. Is the move substantive or symbolic?
Report: Japan Chooses F-35
Where is the GSDF Going?
June 04, 2011
Where is the GSDF Going?
Japan’s changing security environment means there’s just less for the Ground Self-Defence Forces to do.
Where is the GSDF Going?
May 31, 2011
Japan's Crisis and the SDF
Japan’s Self-Defense Force had good reviews for its post-crisis performance. Is the public ready for more?
Japan's Crisis and the SDF
When Disaster Isn’t a Zero-Sum Game
April 29, 2011
When Disaster Isn’t a Zero-Sum Game
It would be tempting for Japan to withdraw inward following last month’s earthquake and tsunami. So far, though, its leaders have resisted.
When Disaster Isn’t a Zero-Sum Game
Japan's New Deal Opportunity
April 11, 2011
Japan's New Deal Opportunity
As it recovers from disaster, Japan has a huge chance to tackle issues vital to its future security. But it will need leadership from the next generation.
Japan's New Deal Opportunity
The Struggle for a New Japan
April 02, 2011
The Struggle for a New Japan
Naoto Kan has shown during the ongoing crisis his determination for a more open style of government in Japan. It won’t be easy for him.
The Struggle for a New Japan
March 20, 2011
Japan's SDF Moment
Japan’s Self-Defense Force is having to step up as never before in the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami.
Japan's SDF Moment
Kan Tactless on North Korea
December 13, 2010
Kan Tactless on North Korea
Naoto Kan’s suggestion of an SDF deployment to South Korea in the event of war was badly timed.
Kan Tactless on North Korea
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