December 30, 2022
2022: The Year Japan and Germany Became ‘Normal’ Countries
By Chietigj Bajpaee
Japan and Germany rediscovered their geopolitical voice in 2022, making parallel efforts to develop more assertive national security postures.
December 07, 2022
Why Japan’s Missile Defense Requires ‘Counterstrike Capabilities’
By Kenji Nagayoshi
Japan’s strike capability debate must be accompanied by the political will of decision-makers.
September 27, 2022
Abe’s Militaristic Funeral Captures Japan’s Internal Divisions
By Foster Klug
20,000 police officers and more than 1,000 soldiers were on patrol as thousands of protesters took to the streets.
May 16, 2022
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.
May 01, 2022
Japan’s Constitution at 75
By Sheila A. Smith
How does Japan’s post-war constitution hold up in an era of increasing great power competition and unexpected emergencies?
March 08, 2022
What Ukraine Means for Japan
By Yukari Easton
Will Japan follow Germany’s suit in rethinking its approach to national security?
December 19, 2020
Civilian Participation in National Defense as a Part of Japan’s Pacifism
By Fumiko Sasaki
Japanese citizens have a role to play in the defense of the country.
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.
January 17, 2020
Japan’s Security Choices in an Uncertain East Asia
By Titli Basu
What kind of Japan will the region have to deal with in the coming decades?
June 01, 2019
Japan’s Farewell to the People’s Emperor
By Kenneth Ruoff
A look back at the Heisei era, and forward to the reign of Emperor Naruhito.
May 31, 2019
China Faces a Stronger Japan
By Bonnie Girard
With Japan adding 105 more F-35 stealth fighters to its forces, is an arms race in store for the Asia-Pacific?
May 17, 2019
The Heisei Paradox: Emperor Akihito and Japan’s Nationalist Regression
By Edward Danks
The paradox of a pacifist emperor amid rising nationalism politically is likely to continue in the Reiwa era.