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Japan Sees Rise in Fighter Scrambles Against Chinese Aircraft
October 14, 2022

Japan Sees Rise in Fighter Scrambles Against Chinese Aircraft

By Kosuke Takahashi
In the first half of 2022, Japan witnessed a 14 percent increase in scrambles triggered by foreign military aircraft approaches.

Strengthening Integrated Air and Missile Defense for the Japan-US Alliance
September 23, 2022

Strengthening Integrated Air and Missile Defense for the Japan-US Alliance

By Carl Rehberg, Chris Bassler , and Herbert Kemp
The Japan-U.S. alliance has made steady and incremental progress toward preparing for future crises and contingencies. More needs to be done.
China’s Live-Fire Drills Near Taiwan Send Ballistic Missiles Into Japan’s EEZ
August 05, 2022

China’s Live-Fire Drills Near Taiwan Send Ballistic Missiles Into Japan’s EEZ

By Kosuke Takahashi
It’s the first time China has fired ballistic missiles into Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

Is Japan’s Postwar Pacifism Dead?
July 15, 2022

Is Japan’s Postwar Pacifism Dead?

By Ulv Hanssen
Japan’s defense spending plan shows how far the state has departed from postwar pacifism.

Does the Russia-Ukraine War Herald a New Era for Japan’s Security Policy?
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.

Japan Needs to Prepare for a Possible Senkaku Islands Crisis
April 21, 2022

Japan Needs to Prepare for a Possible Senkaku Islands Crisis

By TSURUTA Jun
Tokyo is currently limited in its ability to respond. That needs to change.

What Ukraine Means for Japan
March 08, 2022

What Ukraine Means for Japan

By Yukari Easton
Will Japan follow Germany’s suit in rethinking its approach to national security?
Japan Approves Record Extra Defense Budget 
November 26, 2021

Japan Approves Record Extra Defense Budget 

By Kosuke Takahashi
Amid growing threats in East Asia, the Japanese cabinet approved a record extra budget for defense appropriations.

Japan: Dealing with North Korea’s Growing Missile Threat
September 18, 2020

Japan: Dealing with North Korea’s Growing Missile Threat

By Koda Yoji
Time for Japan’s political leaders to do their job.

How Strong Are the Ropes That Bind the Japanese Military?
September 08, 2020

How Strong Are the Ropes That Bind the Japanese Military?

By Robert Farley
It is difficult to imagine that Japanese leadership would not use offensive weapons if Tokyo believed an attack was imminent.

Japan’s Iran Dilemma
December 09, 2019

Japan’s Iran Dilemma

By Kazuto Suzuki
Regional tensions require a delicate compromise.
Sheila Smith on the Politics of Japan's Military Power
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?

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