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Constitutional Revision: A (Tiny) Step Forward for Japan's Self-Defense Forces
August 16, 2018
Constitutional Revision: A (Tiny) Step Forward for Japan's Self-Defense Forces
Abe’s potential constitutional revision is likely to be underwhelming for the JSDF.
Constitutional Revision: A (Tiny) Step Forward for Japan's Self-Defense Forces
East Asia Comes to Europe
June 06, 2018
East Asia Comes to Europe
A tale of two suitors: Chinese and Japanese investments in Central and Eastern Europe.
East Asia Comes to Europe
Japan: From Gunboat Diplomacy to Coast Guard Diplomacy
May 11, 2018
Japan: From Gunboat Diplomacy to Coast Guard Diplomacy
In postwar Japan, the coast guard has taken a leading role in defending maritime interests.
Japan: From Gunboat Diplomacy to Coast Guard Diplomacy
A New Cold War With Russia Forces Japan to Choose Sides
April 23, 2018
A New Cold War With Russia Forces Japan to Choose Sides
How long can Japan keep up its balancing act between Russia and the West?
A New Cold War With Russia Forces Japan to Choose Sides
Looking Beyond 1 Percent: Japan’s Security Expenditures
April 03, 2018
Looking Beyond 1 Percent: Japan’s Security Expenditures
To understand Japan's security priorities, we have to consider more than the total defense budget.
Looking Beyond 1 Percent: Japan’s Security Expenditures
Japan’s Belt and Road Puzzle, Decoded
February 28, 2018
Japan’s Belt and Road Puzzle, Decoded
Japan's support for the Belt and Road is contingent on shaping China into a responsible global player.
Japan’s Belt and Road Puzzle, Decoded
Russia’s Objections to Japan’s Aegis Ashore Decision
February 07, 2018
Russia’s Objections to Japan’s Aegis Ashore Decision
A dubious Russian assumption is behind Moscow's opposition to the missile defense system.
Russia’s Objections to Japan’s Aegis Ashore Decision
Japan, China, and the Western Balkans
January 22, 2018
Japan, China, and the Western Balkans
Why Shinzo Abe visited Serbia on his recent tour of Eastern Europe.
Japan, China, and the Western Balkans
Japan, China, and the Strains of Historical Memory
December 26, 2017
Japan, China, and the Strains of Historical Memory
80 years after the Nanjing Massacre, historical issues continue to haunt China-Japan relations.
Japan, China, and the Strains of Historical Memory
China, Japan, and the Future of UN Peacekeeping
July 21, 2017
China, Japan, and the Future of UN Peacekeeping
New mission parameters pose challenges to both China and Japan’s peacekeeping engagement.
China, Japan, and the Future of UN Peacekeeping
Japan's Path to Constitutional Amendment
May 26, 2017
Japan's Path to Constitutional Amendment
The steps Shinzo Abe must take to achieve constitutional revision, and the political implications.
Japan's Path to Constitutional Amendment
What’s Ailing Womenomics?
January 26, 2017
What’s Ailing Womenomics?
Despite government efforts, cultural pressures continue to dissuade many women in Japan from joining the workforce.
What’s Ailing Womenomics?
How Putin Outplayed Abe in Japan
December 23, 2016
How Putin Outplayed Abe in Japan
In this diplomatic sparring match, there was only one winner.
How Putin Outplayed Abe in Japan
Nuke or No Nuke? Japan’s Long Dilemma
October 07, 2016
Nuke or No Nuke? Japan’s Long Dilemma
The discreet temptation for a national nuclear deterrent has persisted for decades.
Nuke or No Nuke? Japan’s Long Dilemma
Japanese Vs. Chinese Exceptionalism
September 28, 2016
Japanese Vs. Chinese Exceptionalism
Japan and China have more in common than they realize -- including their particular strain of nationalism.
Japanese Vs. Chinese Exceptionalism
Mr. Abe Goes to Vladivostok
September 09, 2016
Mr. Abe Goes to Vladivostok
Abe's embrace of Russia marks a radical shift from previous Japanese policy.
Mr. Abe Goes to Vladivostok
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