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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: 5 Years and Counting
December 26, 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: 5 Years and Counting

By Sheila Smith
From economics to defense to politics, the Abe government has changed Japan.

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.
Japan Debates Changing Its Pacifist Constitution
May 18, 2017

Japan Debates Changing Its Pacifist Constitution

By Craig Mark
Can Shinzo Abe actually succeed in his plan to amend Article 9?

2015: Japan's Year in Review
January 09, 2016

2015: Japan's Year in Review

By Mina Pollmann
Looking back at 2015 and ahead to 2016 for Japan and PM Shinzo Abe.

North Korea's Nuclear Test: The Fallout for Japan
January 07, 2016

North Korea's Nuclear Test: The Fallout for Japan

By Yuki Tatsumi
The latest nuclear test underscores the challenges of Japan's relationship with North Korea.

Don't Expect Too Much of Japan's Defense Reforms
October 09, 2015

Don't Expect Too Much of Japan's Defense Reforms

By Yuki Tatsumi and Mengjia Wan
Japan's defense policy is indeed gearing for change, but the changes are limited and rooted in the US-Japan alliance.

The Democratic Party of Japan: The Beginning of the End?
September 17, 2015

The Democratic Party of Japan: The Beginning of the End?

By Yuki Tatsumi
Japan's opposition has not been able to capitalize on the unpopularity of Shinzo Abe's security bills.
Japan's New Defense Budget: Fact Vs Fiction
September 05, 2015

Japan's New Defense Budget: Fact Vs Fiction

By Yuki Tatsumi
It's misleading to interpret Japan's record-high defense budget as a sign of "remilitarization."

Japan's Abe Is in for a Successful September, But at a Cost
September 03, 2015

Japan's Abe Is in for a Successful September, But at a Cost

By Mina Pollmann
Abe will see his security legislation passed, but will need to boost Japan's economy to win back support.

China-Japan Relations: Has the Ice Stayed Broken?
September 01, 2015

China-Japan Relations: Has the Ice Stayed Broken?

By Shannon Tiezzi
Richard Bush on China-Japan relations since their top leaders shook hands in November 2014.

Atomic Remembrance and Japan's Security Reform Debate
August 08, 2015

Atomic Remembrance and Japan's Security Reform Debate

By Mina Pollmann
The 70th anniversary of the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a focal point for opponents of defense reform.
Beijing’s South China Sea Rhetoric Is Fooling No One
July 28, 2015

Beijing’s South China Sea Rhetoric Is Fooling No One

By David Volodzko
China's anti-Japanese rhetoric only masks Beijing's own misbehavior in the Asia-Pacific region.

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