Doubling the Defense Budget Won’t be Easy for Japan
By Daisuke Akimoto and Purnendra Jain
Kishida’s judgment on how to fund the defense budget increase will be a critical factor in his survival as prime minister.
Japan Approves 26.3% Increase in Defense Spending for Fiscal Year 2023
By Takahashi Kosuke
For the ninth year in a row, the budget draft set a new record for Japan’s national defense budget.
Japan’s Ruling Coalition Approves Counterstrike Capability
By Mina Pollmann
The long-debated move comes alongside increased defense spending amid worries about Japan's security environment.
Japanese Defense Ministry Requests Largest Ever Budget for Fiscal Year 2023
By Kosuke Takahashi
Japan has broken last year's record for its requested defense budget as security concerns mount in Tokyo.
Is Japan’s Postwar Pacifism Dead?
By Ulv Hanssen
Japan’s defense spending plan shows how far the state has departed from postwar pacifism.
Japan’s PM Kishida Faces a Crucial National Election
By Purnendra Jain and Takeshi Kobayashi
Amid economic turmoil, how will Japan’s ruling bloc fare in upper house polls on July 10?
Japan’s Defense Budget: Double or Nothing?
By Bradley Isakson
The Kishida administration should maintain a calculated, long-term approach to increasing Japan’s defense budget.
Does the Russia-Ukraine War Herald a New Era for Japan’s Security Policy?
By Craig Kafura
Is the war in Ukraine creating a Japanese Zeitenwende? It might be up to Prime Minister Kishida.
Looking Beyond 1 Percent: Japan’s Security Expenditures
By Crystal Pryor and Tom Le
To understand Japan's security priorities, we have to consider more than the total defense budget.