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Japan's 'Proactive Contribution to Peace': Beyond Development Aid
September 29, 2015

Japan's 'Proactive Contribution to Peace': Beyond Development Aid

By Yuki Tatsumi
Japan is doing itself a disservice by focusing only on economic contributions to global development.
Japan's New Defense Budget: Fact Vs Fiction
September 05, 2015

Japan's New Defense Budget: Fact Vs Fiction

By Yuki Tatsumi
It's misleading to interpret Japan's record-high defense budget as a sign of "remilitarization."

Japan’s Defense Ministry Wants Record Military Budget for 2016
September 01, 2015

Japan’s Defense Ministry Wants Record Military Budget for 2016

By Franz-Stefan Gady
If approved, the new defense budget would be Tokyo’s largest in 14 years.

Japan: Farewell to ‘One Country Pacifism’
August 31, 2015

Japan: Farewell to ‘One Country Pacifism’

By Eisuke Suzuki
Why it is time to part ways with the traditional interpretations of Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution.

Do Shinzo Abe’s Defense Initiatives Matter?
June 23, 2015

Do Shinzo Abe’s Defense Initiatives Matter?

By Lionel Fatton
How Japan’s new civil-military relations change its security posture and policy.
Japan's Defense Reforms and Shinzo Abe's Image Problem
June 16, 2015

Japan's Defense Reforms and Shinzo Abe's Image Problem

By Yuki Tatsumi
Japan's prime minister has an image problem -- and it stems from his signature national security legislation.

Have Aliens Tried to Invade Japan?
April 03, 2015

Have Aliens Tried to Invade Japan?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan's Defense Minister faced unusual questions from a lawmaker this week.
Japan’s Defense Ministry Seeks to Roll Back Civilian Control
February 28, 2015

Japan’s Defense Ministry Seeks to Roll Back Civilian Control

By Mina Pollmann
New reforms would give Japan's SDF personnel increased say over military decisions.

Japan Troop Deployment Near Taiwan Clears Major Hurdle
February 25, 2015

Japan Troop Deployment Near Taiwan Clears Major Hurdle

By Mina Pollmann
Residents on Yonaguni Island voted in favor of a proposed base housing SDF troops.

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.

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