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Japan Debates Changing Its Pacifist Constitution
May 18, 2017
Japan Debates Changing Its Pacifist Constitution
Can Shinzo Abe actually succeed in his plan to amend Article 9?
Japan Debates Changing Its Pacifist Constitution
2015: Japan's Year in Review
January 09, 2016
2015: Japan's Year in Review
Looking back at 2015 and ahead to 2016 for Japan and PM Shinzo Abe.
2015: Japan's Year in Review
North Korea's Nuclear Test: The Fallout for Japan
January 07, 2016
North Korea's Nuclear Test: The Fallout for Japan
The latest nuclear test underscores the challenges of Japan's relationship with North Korea.
North Korea's Nuclear Test: The Fallout for Japan
Don't Expect Too Much of Japan's Defense Reforms
October 09, 2015
Don't Expect Too Much of Japan's Defense Reforms
Japan's defense policy is indeed gearing for change, but the changes are limited and rooted in the US-Japan alliance.
Don't Expect Too Much of Japan's Defense Reforms
The Democratic Party of Japan: The Beginning of the End?
September 17, 2015
The Democratic Party of Japan: The Beginning of the End?
Japan's opposition has not been able to capitalize on the unpopularity of Shinzo Abe's security bills.
The Democratic Party of Japan: The Beginning of the End?
Japan's New Defense Budget: Fact Vs Fiction
September 05, 2015
Japan's New Defense Budget: Fact Vs Fiction
It's misleading to interpret Japan's record-high defense budget as a sign of "remilitarization."
Japan's New Defense Budget: Fact Vs Fiction
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
Abe will see his security legislation passed, but will need to boost Japan's economy to win back support.
Japan's Abe Is in for a Successful September, But at a Cost
China-Japan Relations: Has the Ice Stayed Broken?
September 01, 2015
China-Japan Relations: Has the Ice Stayed Broken?
Richard Bush on China-Japan relations since their top leaders shook hands in November 2014.
China-Japan Relations: Has the Ice Stayed Broken?
Atomic Remembrance and Japan's Security Reform Debate
August 08, 2015
Atomic Remembrance and Japan's Security Reform Debate
The 70th anniversary of the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a focal point for opponents of defense reform.
Atomic Remembrance and Japan's Security Reform Debate
Beijing’s South China Sea Rhetoric Is Fooling No One
July 28, 2015
Beijing’s South China Sea Rhetoric Is Fooling No One
China's anti-Japanese rhetoric only masks Beijing's own misbehavior in the Asia-Pacific region.
Beijing’s South China Sea Rhetoric Is Fooling No One
China: Japan Security Legislation a 'Nightmare Scenario'
July 17, 2015
China: Japan Security Legislation a 'Nightmare Scenario'
Beijing has reacted with predictable breathlessness to the passage of new security legislation in Tokyo.
China: Japan Security Legislation a 'Nightmare Scenario'
Japan's New Security Legislation: A Missed Opportunity
July 16, 2015
Japan's New Security Legislation: A Missed Opportunity
By focusing solely on constitutionality, Japan missed the opportunity for a frank debate on its actual security policy.
Japan's New Security Legislation: A Missed Opportunity
Japan's Defense Reforms and Shinzo Abe's Image Problem
June 16, 2015
Japan's Defense Reforms and Shinzo Abe's Image Problem
Japan's prime minister has an image problem -- and it stems from his signature national security legislation.
Japan's Defense Reforms and Shinzo Abe's Image Problem
Japan and China: 'Intimate Rivals'
June 15, 2015
Japan and China: 'Intimate Rivals'
An interview with Sheila Smith, author of Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China.
Japan and China: 'Intimate Rivals'
Assessing Japan’s New Defense Policy Bills
June 04, 2015
Assessing Japan’s New Defense Policy Bills
Forget the hype, there is much less to the proposed new legislation than meets the eye.
Assessing Japan’s New Defense Policy Bills
Australia-Japan Talk Closer Military Ties at Pacific Meeting
May 25, 2015
Australia-Japan Talk Closer Military Ties at Pacific Meeting
The two countries plan to facilitate joint military exercises.
Australia-Japan Talk Closer Military Ties at Pacific Meeting
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