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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
How Japan's Security Reformers Undermine Their Own Cause
July 17, 2018
How Japan's Security Reformers Undermine Their Own Cause
The Japanese public is not against security reform, per se -- but is against the illiberal agenda of many would-be reformers.
How Japan's Security Reformers Undermine Their Own Cause
Why Steve Bannon Admires Japan
June 22, 2018
Why Steve Bannon Admires Japan
In Japan, populist and extreme right-wing nationalism has found a home within the political establishment.
Why Steve Bannon Admires Japan
If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?
June 02, 2018
If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?
North Korea has long played the enemy for Japanese domestic political purposes. If peace comes, that will have to change.
If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?
Where Is Japan in Its Military Push Under Abe?
March 29, 2018
Where Is Japan in Its Military Push Under Abe?
Tokyo continues to made inroads in building up its capabilities as it confronts regional security threats.
Where Is Japan in Its Military Push Under Abe?
Japan Election Victory Gives Abe Mandate For Reform
October 23, 2017
Japan Election Victory Gives Abe Mandate For Reform
The ruling coalition scores a two-thirds majority in the Lower House elections.
Japan Election Victory Gives Abe Mandate For Reform
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
Japan Debates Changing Its Pacifist Constitution
May 18, 2017
Japan Debates Changing Its Pacifist Constitution
Can Shinzo Abe actually succeed in his plan to amend Article 9?
Japan Debates Changing Its Pacifist Constitution
Abe’s New Vision for Japan's Constitution
May 05, 2017
Abe’s New Vision for Japan's Constitution
Japan's prime minister outlines his plan for revising Japan's constitution by 2020.
Abe’s New Vision for Japan's Constitution
Abe’s Trump Challenge and Japan's Foreign Policy Choices
March 07, 2017
Abe’s Trump Challenge and Japan's Foreign Policy Choices
Will Japan use Trump's presidency as impetus to commit to a new Asian security architecture in the region?
Abe’s Trump Challenge and Japan's Foreign Policy Choices
Trump and Abe are Natural Allies
February 09, 2017
Trump and Abe are Natural Allies
Much of Trump's rhetoric is actually music to Abe's ears.
Trump and Abe are Natural Allies
Groundhog Day in Japan
December 16, 2016
Groundhog Day in Japan
What to expect after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s term extension as leader of Japan’s ruling party.
Groundhog Day in Japan
Celebrating Japan’s Constitution, 70 Years Later
November 03, 2016
Celebrating Japan’s Constitution, 70 Years Later
A look back at the past -- and ahead to the future -- of Japan's post-war constitution.
Celebrating Japan’s Constitution, 70 Years Later
Interview: Weak Japan Opposition Loses Ground
July 20, 2016
Interview: Weak Japan Opposition Loses Ground
An interview with Donna Weeks on Japan's election result and its implications for the future of Japanese politics.
Interview: Weak Japan Opposition Loses Ground
Respecting the Japanese Constitution
May 28, 2015
Respecting the Japanese Constitution
What the Abe government plans goes beyond a constitutional amendment.
Respecting the Japanese Constitution
Japan: From ‘Proactive Pacifism’ to ‘Proactive Diplomacy’
February 15, 2015
Japan: From ‘Proactive Pacifism’ to ‘Proactive Diplomacy’
The region should welcome greater engagement by democratic Japan.
Japan: From ‘Proactive Pacifism’ to ‘Proactive Diplomacy’
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