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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?

Jonathan B. Miller on Japan’s Foreign and Defense Policies Under Shinzo Abe
February 06, 2019

Jonathan B. Miller on Japan’s Foreign and Defense Policies Under Shinzo Abe

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Diplomat speaks with Jonathan B. Miller on the future direction of Japan's foreign and defense policies.

Kim Jong-un's Crazy Summer: A Litmus Test for Japan
September 02, 2017

Kim Jong-un's Crazy Summer: A Litmus Test for Japan

By Titli Basu
North Korea's active summer poses a host of challenges to Japan's defense posture.
All About the Yen: Japan Begins Mid-Term Defense Planning
June 23, 2017

All About the Yen: Japan Begins Mid-Term Defense Planning

By Yuki Tatsumi
As regional tensions rise, Japan will have to make the most of a limited defense budget.

Abe’s New Vision for Japan's Constitution
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.

Should America Share the 'Spear' With Japan?
May 05, 2017

Should America Share the 'Spear' With Japan?

By James L. Schoff and David Song
The Japanese debate over acquiring missile strike capability needs to consider the broader alliance framework.

Japan’s Nuclear Moment
April 21, 2017

Japan’s Nuclear Moment

By Liubomir K. Topaloff
Geopolitical trends have combined to open a window of opportunity for Japan to become a nuclear state.
Abe Scraps Japan's 1 Percent GDP Defense Spending Cap
March 29, 2017

Abe Scraps Japan's 1 Percent GDP Defense Spending Cap

By John Wright
The announcement removes one of the major obstacles to Japan's defense transformation.

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