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Abe’s Ongoing Defense Policy Changes
February 09, 2015

Abe’s Ongoing Defense Policy Changes

By Emily S. Chen
The Japanese government continues to push ahead with changes to Japan’s defense policy.
Japan Scrambling Jets at Cold War Levels
January 22, 2015

Japan Scrambling Jets at Cold War Levels

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Tokyo reportedly scrambling its fighter jets at record pace in the face of growing incursions.

Japan Plans New Law to Speed Military Deployment
January 09, 2015

Japan Plans New Law to Speed Military Deployment

By Franz-Stefan Gady
A new permanent law on dispatching JSDF overseas would not require a constitutional amendment.

Promise and Potential Peril: Japan’s Military Normalization
September 04, 2014

Promise and Potential Peril: Japan’s Military Normalization

By Paul J. Leaf
To play a productive role in a tense neighborhood, Tokyo needs to look beyond constitutional interpretations.

Yasukuni’s Relevance to Japan, and the Region
August 14, 2014

Yasukuni’s Relevance to Japan, and the Region

By Clint Richards
Regular visits by officials not only anger Japan’s neighbors, but can erode the separation of church and state.
Polls Give Abe a Bump, But Not on Collective Self-Defense
August 05, 2014

Polls Give Abe a Bump, But Not on Collective Self-Defense

By Clint Richards
Polls indicate dissatisfaction with Abe’s main policies, but lack of opposition probably means no change.

Tokyo’s Subtle Revolution
July 11, 2014

Tokyo’s Subtle Revolution

By Nick Bisley
Abe’s Constitutional reinterpretation will have profound implications for the Asia-Pacific.
Timing is Everything: Abe’s Playbook for Military Normalization
July 01, 2014

Timing is Everything: Abe’s Playbook for Military Normalization

By Clint Richards
Abe moves closer to passing collective self-defense, despite public protests.

NHK Ignores Tokyo Self-Immolation
July 01, 2014

NHK Ignores Tokyo Self-Immolation

By Kyla Ryan
A man sets himself on fire in protest at Abe’s policies. But that’s not news for NHK.

Abe Gets a Boost for Article 9 Rewrite
June 13, 2014

Abe Gets a Boost for Article 9 Rewrite

By Clint Richards
Coalition partner New Komeito and regional allies show support for more involvement in regional security.

China and Japan’s Game of Chicken in the East China Sea
June 13, 2014

China and Japan’s Game of Chicken in the East China Sea

By Harry Kazianis
Close calls between Chinese and Japanese aircraft could eventually turn deadly.
Shinzo Abe’s Constitutional Ambitions
June 12, 2014

Shinzo Abe’s Constitutional Ambitions

By Jeremy A. Yellen
Despite widespread opposition, Japan’s PM is determined to reinterpret the constitution.

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