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.
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.
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.
December 09, 2019
Japan’s Iran Dilemma
By Kazuto Suzuki
Regional tensions require a delicate compromise.
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?
December 01, 2018
Is Japan About to Officially Upgrade to Aircraft Carriers?
By Daniel Hurst
A reported plan to modify the Izumo-class will face obstacles at home and abroad.
August 16, 2018
Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Forces Take to the Waves
By Mina Pollmann
The Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARBD) is set up to conduct landing operations to retake Japanese territory.
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.
July 21, 2017
China, Japan, and the Future of UN Peacekeeping
By Luke Patey, Adam Day, and Sebastian von Einsiedel
New mission parameters pose challenges to both China and Japan’s peacekeeping engagement.
May 26, 2017
Japan's Path to Constitutional Amendment
By Michael MacArthur Bosack
The steps Shinzo Abe must take to achieve constitutional revision, and the political implications.
May 18, 2017
Japan Debates Changing Its Pacifist Constitution
By Craig Mark
Can Shinzo Abe actually succeed in his plan to amend Article 9?
September 12, 2016
The Meaning of the People’s Liberation Army Reforms
By Noboru Yamaguchi
China goes for stronger joint operations capabilities and political stability.