October 01, 2020
Masashi Murano on Japan’s Missile Defense Debate
By Catherine Putz
Why did Japan reverse course on the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense system?
August 21, 2020
The Critical 6 Months for US-Japan Defense Cooperation We Never Saw Coming
By James L. Schoff
The remainder of 2020 is shaping up to be an unexpectedly consequential year for U.S.-Japan defense cooperation.
July 28, 2020
Will Japan Pursue a Strike Capability in Lieu of Aegis Ashore?
By Titli Basu
Hard decisions lie ahead to make sure Japan has an effective defense without Aegis Ashore.
June 23, 2020
Japan Suspends Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Plans. What Happens Now?
By Ankit Panda
Tokyo scraps plans for two expensive missile defense installations. Will another system replace Aegis Ashore?
June 16, 2020
Japan to Scrap Costly Land-Based US Missile Defense System
By Associated Press
Japan’s Defense Ministry announced it would drop plans to deploy the Aegis Ashore system, citing safety concerns.
July 09, 2019
Japan's Aegis Ashore System Hits a Roadblock: Domestic Politics
By Mina Pollmann
Local opposition, and a poorly handled government explanation, have delayed deployment of the new systems.
August 28, 2018
Japan: North Korea Still Poses ‘Serious and Imminent’ Threat
By Daniel Hurst
Japan's latest Defense White Paper sees “no change” in the evaluation of the threat from North Korea
July 11, 2018
With North Korea Thaw, Japan Downgrades Missile Alert Level
By Mina Pollmann
The announcement contrasts with long-term moves to increase Japan's missile defense capabilities.
April 03, 2018
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.
February 07, 2018
Russia’s Objections to Japan’s Aegis Ashore Decision
By Guy Plopsky
A dubious Russian assumption is behind Moscow's opposition to the missile defense system.
December 01, 2017
Japan’s Increasingly Tough Defense Choices
By J. Berkshire Miller
With the North Korean threat reaching unparalleled levels, Tokyo is facing difficult choices about self-defense.