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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.
Japan’s Regional Strategy Reveals an Ally at Risk
February 06, 2017

Japan’s Regional Strategy Reveals an Ally at Risk

By Jeremy Maxie and Grant Newsham
Washington is the glue that holds together whatever informal security arrangements Tokyo aspires to develop in Asia.

Japan-Thailand Defense Relations in the Spotlight
December 23, 2016

Japan-Thailand Defense Relations in the Spotlight

By Prashanth Parameswaran
In light of news of a potential radar deal, it is worth putting things in broader perspective.

What Sort of Defense Build-Up Does Japan Really Need?
June 30, 2016

What Sort of Defense Build-Up Does Japan Really Need?

By Yuki Tatsumi
Amid rising tensions in Northeast Asia, what should Japan's defense priorities be?

Japan, Myanmar Eye Stronger Defense Ties
June 08, 2016

Japan, Myanmar Eye Stronger Defense Ties

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Two sides discuss defense relations during Gen Nakatani’s visit to the Southeast Asian state.
Japan-Australia Relations: Beyond the ‘2+2’
December 05, 2015

Japan-Australia Relations: Beyond the ‘2+2’

By Yuki Tatsumi
Japan and Australia created a new framework for defense cooperation. Now comes the hard part: actually cooperating.

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