Japan security reform
January 11, 2023
For Kishida and Biden, a Stronger Japanese Defense Posture Is Only Half the Battle
By Craig Kafura
It’s one thing to commit to a stronger military and another thing to use it.
December 21, 2022
Japan’s Long-Range Strike Capability Decision Was Not Sudden
By Hiroaki Kato
The shift in Japan's security policy was the result of a series of parliamentary debates stretching back decades.
December 17, 2022
Japan’s Major Turning Point on Defense Policy
By Takahashi Kosuke
Three new security documents prepared by the Kishida administration mark a new era in Japan’s post-war security strategy.
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.
January 14, 2022
In Memory of ‘Kaifu Diplomacy’ During the Gulf War Turmoil
By Daisuke Akimoto
The late Kaifu Toshiki is regarded as a symbol of Japan’s changing diplomacy in the post-Cold War period.
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?
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?
March 01, 2019
Sheila Smith on the Politics of Japan's Military Power
By Catherine Putz
As Tokyo rearms, what are the politics of military power in Japan?
July 17, 2018
How Japan's Security Reformers Undermine Their Own Cause
By Mina Pollmann
The Japanese public is not against security reform, per se -- but is against the illiberal agenda of many would-be reformers.
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