September 16, 2022
Japan, US Discuss Longer Range Missiles to Counter China
By Thisanka Siripala
At a defense ministers’ meeting, Japan gets U.S. support to bolster its defenses with “counter strike capabilities.”
May 04, 2022
What the 2022 Diplomatic Blue Book Reveals About Japan’s Taiwan Policy
By Victor Lin
Japan’s concerns about stability in the Taiwan Strait have resulted in a new focus on the issue.
April 02, 2022
Japan Needs a Revamped North Korea Policy
By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s deterrence strategy is up for debate following the launch of North Korea’s ICBM test.
August 12, 2021
Japan’s Military Role in the Indo-Pacific
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Robert Ward.
August 14, 2020
How Japan Talks About Security Threats
By Eitan Oren and Matthew Brummer
The particulars of the language used to describe rivals are important to understanding Japan’s threat assessments and policy goals.
March 18, 2020
Japan’s Emerging ‘Multi-Domain Defense Force’
By Daisuke Akimoto
Japan’s new defense budget foresees cross-domain operations in space, cyberspace, and electromagnetic domains.
October 07, 2019
What’s Behind the New Japan-Philippines Defense Industry Forum?
By Prashanth Parameswaran
The interaction reinforced the ongoing activity in the security aspect of the strategic partnership.
September 06, 2018
Japan Must Do More to Support the US-Japan Alliance
By Richard Solomon
In uncertain times, Japan will have to invest more energy in a long-standing partnership.
August 16, 2018
Constitutional Revision: A (Tiny) Step Forward for Japan's Self-Defense Forces
By John Wright
Abe’s potential constitutional revision is likely to be underwhelming for the JSDF.
August 08, 2018
Can the 2020 Olympics Push a Rethink of Japan's Counterterrorism Strategy?
By Mina Pollmann
A new terrorism center suggests that Japan may finally be getting serious about the potential for attacks at home.
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.
November 03, 2017
Japan’s Nuclear Power Program: A Strategic Paradox?
By Tom Corben
Prospective reforms to Japan’s military posture mask the strategic vulnerability of Japan’s nuclear reactors.