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China: Japan Security Legislation a 'Nightmare Scenario'
July 17, 2015

China: Japan Security Legislation a 'Nightmare Scenario'

By Shannon Tiezzi
Beijing has reacted with predictable breathlessness to the passage of new security legislation in Tokyo.
Japan's New Security Legislation: A Missed Opportunity
July 16, 2015

Japan's New Security Legislation: A Missed Opportunity

By Yuki Tatsumi
By focusing solely on constitutionality, Japan missed the opportunity for a frank debate on its actual security policy.

Japan's Defense Reforms and Shinzo Abe's Image Problem
June 16, 2015

Japan's Defense Reforms and Shinzo Abe's Image Problem

By Yuki Tatsumi
Japan's prime minister has an image problem -- and it stems from his signature national security legislation.

Japan and China: 'Intimate Rivals'
June 15, 2015

Japan and China: 'Intimate Rivals'

By Mina Pollmann
An interview with Sheila Smith, author of Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China.

Assessing Japan’s New Defense Policy Bills
June 04, 2015

Assessing Japan’s New Defense Policy Bills

By Robert Dujarric
Forget the hype, there is much less to the proposed new legislation than meets the eye.
Australia-Japan Talk Closer Military Ties at Pacific Meeting
May 25, 2015

Australia-Japan Talk Closer Military Ties at Pacific Meeting

By Helen Clark
The two countries plan to facilitate joint military exercises.

The Japanese Defense Reform No One Is Talking About
May 16, 2015

The Japanese Defense Reform No One Is Talking About

By Yuki Tatsumi
Don't overlook Japan's "unspoken” defense reform agenda: defense acquisition.
The Domestic Hurdles for Japan's Defense Reforms
May 06, 2015

The Domestic Hurdles for Japan's Defense Reforms

By Mina Pollmann
With Abe's U.S. visit over, the next task is getting the domestic security reforms he promised while in Washington.

A Closer Look at the New US-Japan Defense Guidelines
May 01, 2015

A Closer Look at the New US-Japan Defense Guidelines

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Diplomat speaks with Japanese MOFA press secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura about what the guidelines really mean.

Hope and History: Shinzo Abe's Speech to Congress
April 30, 2015

Hope and History: Shinzo Abe's Speech to Congress

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Japanese prime minster's anticipated speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

4 Takeaways From the New US-Japan Defense Guidelines
April 29, 2015

4 Takeaways From the New US-Japan Defense Guidelines

By Yuki Tatsumi
What's new about the Guidelines, and what that actually means for U.S.-Japan cooperation moving forward.
Japan's Increasingly Uncertain Security Environment
April 21, 2015

Japan's Increasingly Uncertain Security Environment

By Mina Pollmann
Japan's defense reforms are motivated by perceived security threats in the region.

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