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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.

Japan Wary of Rising Russia Threat: Ex-Defense Minister
September 10, 2015

Japan Wary of Rising Russia Threat: Ex-Defense Minister

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Former official notes Tokyo’s concern about growing provocations from Moscow.

Surprise: Japan Sees China as Its Main National Security Threat
July 21, 2015

Surprise: Japan Sees China as Its Main National Security Threat

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Tokyo’s 2015 defense white paper highlights concerns over Beijing’s maritime ambitions in Asia.
Japan to Open Military Aid Channel
February 09, 2015

Japan to Open Military Aid Channel

By Ankit Panda
Japan's new Development Cooperation Charter will allow for non-combat military aid and prioritize Southeast Asia.

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