May 01, 2022
Japan’s Constitution at 75
By Sheila A. Smith
How does Japan’s post-war constitution hold up in an era of increasing great power competition and unexpected emergencies?
May 31, 2019
China Faces a Stronger Japan
By Bonnie Girard
With Japan adding 105 more F-35 stealth fighters to its forces, is an arms race in store for the Asia-Pacific?
September 23, 2018
After the Presidential Election, What Next for Abe and the LDP?
By Thisanka Siripala
After a sweeping victory against a rival LDP member, Abe secures a new 3 year term as party leader -- and prime minister.
August 16, 2018
Constitutional Revision: A (Tiny) Step Forward for Japan's Self-Defense Forces
By John Wright
Abe’s potential constitutional revision is likely to be underwhelming for the JSDF.
July 17, 2018
How Japan's Security Reformers Undermine Their Own Cause
By Mina Pollmann
The Japanese public is not against security reform, per se -- but is against the illiberal agenda of many would-be reformers.
June 22, 2018
Why Steve Bannon Admires Japan
By Reto Hofmann
In Japan, populist and extreme right-wing nationalism has found a home within the political establishment.
June 02, 2018
If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?
By Erik Isaksson
North Korea has long played the enemy for Japanese domestic political purposes. If peace comes, that will have to change.
March 29, 2018
Where Is Japan in Its Military Push Under Abe?
By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Tokyo continues to made inroads in building up its capabilities as it confronts regional security threats.
October 23, 2017
Japan Election Victory Gives Abe Mandate For Reform
By Anthony Fensom
The ruling coalition scores a two-thirds majority in the Lower House elections.
May 26, 2017
Japan's Path to Constitutional Amendment
By Michael MacArthur Bosack
The steps Shinzo Abe must take to achieve constitutional revision, and the political implications.
May 18, 2017
Japan Debates Changing Its Pacifist Constitution
By Craig Mark
Can Shinzo Abe actually succeed in his plan to amend Article 9?
May 05, 2017
Abe’s New Vision for Japan's Constitution
By Yuki Tatsumi
Japan's prime minister outlines his plan for revising Japan's constitution by 2020.