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Roadmap for Futenma: Operationalizing the New US-Japan Defense Guidelines
May 07, 2015

Roadmap for Futenma: Operationalizing the New US-Japan Defense Guidelines

By Will Atkins
Three ways to put the concepts outlined in the new Guidelines into practice.

Abe’s Botched Handling of Henoko
April 03, 2015

Abe’s Botched Handling of Henoko

By Ichiro Ozawa
The PM’s handling of the relocation of the U.S. military base will cost Japan in the long term.
Tokyo Snubs Okinawa's New Anti-Base Governor
February 04, 2015

Tokyo Snubs Okinawa's New Anti-Base Governor

By Mina Pollmann
The LDP is using its position as Japan's governing party to make life difficult for Okinawa's new anti-base governor.

Abe’s Okinawa Setback
November 16, 2014

Abe’s Okinawa Setback

By Ricky Hough
Local elections in Okinawa deal another blow to the prime minister's agenda.

India to Procure Israeli Barak-I Missiles
January 01, 2014

India to Procure Israeli Barak-I Missiles

By Ankit Panda
A few defense and security links to round off 2013. Happy New Year!

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 Persistent “Ameriphobia”
May 18, 2012

Japan’s Persistent “Ameriphobia”

Japan has long been a key part of the U.S. Pacific strategy. But for many Okinawans, the military “occupation” has gone on too long.

Insult to Injury in Okinawa
December 04, 2011

Insult to Injury in Okinawa

The relocation of U.S. forces was already a thorny issue in Japanese politics. But insensitive remarks by a government official have made things far worse.

Japan Tries (Yet) Again
August 30, 2011

Japan Tries (Yet) Again

Yoshihiko Noda takes office at the most crucial time for Japan in half a century, says Michael Auslin. But with lacklustre public support, he has his work cut out.

Knives Out (Again) in Japan
June 11, 2011

Knives Out (Again) in Japan

Naoto Kan’s days as premier look numbered, says veteran Japan watcher Karel van Wolferen. But who comes next is much less clear.

If Japan had Channelled FDR...
December 30, 2010

If Japan had Channelled FDR...

The DPJ missed a chance to transform how Japan is governed, says Tobias Harris in the third in our series of end of year interviews.

Why Allies Need US Base
June 28, 2010

Why Allies Need US Base

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has been left to decide what to do about a controversial US air base. The choice is clear.

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