Roadmap for Futenma: Operationalizing the New US-Japan Defense Guidelines
By Will Atkins
Abe’s Botched Handling of Henoko
By Ichiro Ozawa
Tokyo Snubs Okinawa's New Anti-Base Governor
By Mina Pollmann
Abe’s Okinawa Setback
By Ricky Hough
India to Procure Israeli Barak-I Missiles
By Ankit Panda
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”
By Kosuke Takahashi
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
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
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...
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
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has been left to decide what to do about a controversial US air base. The choice is clear.