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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

By Ankit Panda
Japanese lawmakers in the ruling coalition are debating the merits of allowing greater weapons use by the Japanese military.
Japan and India's Warming Defense Ties
March 04, 2015

Japan and India's Warming Defense Ties

By Mina Pollmann
From defense sales to joint exercises, Tokyo and New Delhi are expanding the scope of military cooperation.

Japan Nixes Plan to Send Troops to Join Ebola Fight
March 03, 2015

Japan Nixes Plan to Send Troops to Join Ebola Fight

By Mina Pollmann
Japan misses a chance to demonstrate the softer side of the SDF.

Japan’s Defense Ministry Seeks to Roll Back Civilian Control
February 28, 2015

Japan’s Defense Ministry Seeks to Roll Back Civilian Control

By Mina Pollmann
New reforms would give Japan's SDF personnel increased say over military decisions.

Abe May Address Joint Session of US Congress
February 25, 2015

Abe May Address Joint Session of US Congress

By Ankit Panda
Shinzo Abe may address a joint session of U.S. Congress -- a first for any Japanese prime minister.
Japan's Crown Prince Rebukes Historical Revisionism
February 25, 2015

Japan's Crown Prince Rebukes Historical Revisionism

By Ankit Panda
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito cautioned that Japan should "humbly and correctly" look back on its past.

Japan Troop Deployment Near Taiwan Clears Major Hurdle
February 25, 2015

Japan Troop Deployment Near Taiwan Clears Major Hurdle

By Mina Pollmann
Residents on Yonaguni Island voted in favor of a proposed base housing SDF troops.
Could Japan Go Minesweeping in the Strait of Hormuz?
February 18, 2015

Could Japan Go Minesweeping in the Strait of Hormuz?

By Mina Pollmann
PM Abe's LDP and the Komeito Party debate whether minesweeping operations qualify as collective self-defense.

Japanese PM Abe Urges Most Drastic Reforms Since WW2
February 18, 2015

Japanese PM Abe Urges Most Drastic Reforms Since WW2

By Mina Pollmann
Shinzo Abe called on Japan's Diet to push through structural reforms in the coming year.

Japan Mulls Creating Its Own CIA
February 13, 2015

Japan Mulls Creating Its Own CIA

By Mina Pollmann
After the Islamic State hostage crisis, Japan wants to beef up its intelligence apparatus.

Agricultural Reforms in Japan Pave the Way for TPP
February 12, 2015

Agricultural Reforms in Japan Pave the Way for TPP

By Mina Pollmann
New reforms curtail the strength of Japan's powerful farm lobby, Japan Agriculture Cooperative.
Abe’s Ongoing Defense Policy Changes
February 09, 2015

Abe’s Ongoing Defense Policy Changes

By Emily S. Chen
The Japanese government continues to push ahead with changes to Japan’s defense policy.

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