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Japan’s Military Resurgence Takes the Heat off India
January 19, 2023

Japan’s Military Resurgence Takes the Heat off India

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The rise of alternative military partners means that the U.S. doesn’t need to press New Delhi to align with it on sensitive geopolitical issues or against China or Russia.

A New Defense Era: Japan’s 2022 National Security Strategy
January 06, 2023

A New Defense Era: Japan’s 2022 National Security Strategy

By Catherine Putz and Ankit Panda
Japan has set out on its most ambitious defense build-up program since the end of World War II.
2022: The Year Japan and Germany Became ‘Normal’ Countries
December 30, 2022

2022: The Year Japan and Germany Became ‘Normal’ Countries

By Chietigj Bajpaee
Japan and Germany rediscovered their geopolitical voice in 2022, making parallel efforts to develop more assertive national security postures. 

Japan’s Ruling Coalition Approves Counterstrike Capability
December 06, 2022

Japan’s Ruling Coalition Approves Counterstrike Capability

By Mina Pollmann
The long-debated move comes alongside increased defense spending amid worries about Japan's security environment.

Japan’s Ruling Coalition Debates Future Defense Policies
October 24, 2022

Japan’s Ruling Coalition Debates Future Defense Policies

By Mina Pollmann
The LDP and its junior coalition party, Komeito, are at odds over issues like Japan's counterstrike capability and defense budget increases.

Jennifer Lind on Abe Shinzo and Japanese Nationalism
September 01, 2022

Jennifer Lind on Abe Shinzo and Japanese Nationalism

By Catherine Putz
The LDP hosts a “constant struggle between people who favor more moderate patriotism and versus those favoring a more extreme nationalism. We see this not only in the LDP but within Abe himself.”

Japan, NATO Boost Ties Amid Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
June 08, 2022

Japan, NATO Boost Ties Amid Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

By Mari Yamaguchi
Japan’s defense minister hosted NATO officials this week, pledging more joint exercises and military cooperation.
Ukraine War: The Impact on Japan-Russia Relations
May 16, 2022

Ukraine War: The Impact on Japan-Russia Relations

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Jeffrey Hornung.

Defense Panel Within Japan’s Ruling Party Urges Tokyo to Acquire ‘Counterattack Capability’
April 22, 2022

Defense Panel Within Japan’s Ruling Party Urges Tokyo to Acquire ‘Counterattack Capability’

By Kosuke Takahashi
The proposal, which stretches the limits of Japan's defense-oriented security policy, will inform the government’s long-term National Security Strategy.

How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Changed Japan’s Security Policy
March 29, 2022

How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Changed Japan’s Security Policy

By Yuki Tatsumi
The current crisis in Ukraine will have a significant impact on the ongoing process to revise Japan’s National Security Strategy.

Civilian Participation in National Defense as a Part of Japan’s Pacifism 
December 19, 2020

Civilian Participation in National Defense as a Part of Japan’s Pacifism 

By Fumiko Sasaki
Japanese citizens have a role to play in the defense of the country.
Japan’s Security Choices in an Uncertain East Asia
January 17, 2020

Japan’s Security Choices in an Uncertain East Asia

By Titli Basu
What kind of Japan will the region have to deal with in the coming decades?

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