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Japan Suspends Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Plans. What Happens Now?
June 23, 2020

Japan Suspends Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Plans. What Happens Now?

By Ankit Panda
Tokyo scraps plans for two expensive missile defense installations. Will another system replace Aegis Ashore?

Japan Cuts One Aegis Ashore Site Amid Sustained Local Opposition
May 07, 2020

Japan Cuts One Aegis Ashore Site Amid Sustained Local Opposition

By Ankit Panda
Japanese authorities will survey new candidate sites nearby.
Japan Should Have a Serious Debate on Revising Its Constitution—But Not Now
May 07, 2020

Japan Should Have a Serious Debate on Revising Its Constitution—But Not Now

By Rintaro Nishimura
Shinzo Abe is right about the need for a debate, but the time is not right.

US State Department Approves Possible F-15J Modernization Sale for Japan
October 30, 2019

US State Department Approves Possible F-15J Modernization Sale for Japan

By Ankit Panda
The F-15J modernization package would supplement other Air Self-Defense Force programs.

A First: Japan's Largest Warship Visits Sri Lanka on Indo-Pacific Deployment
October 02, 2018

A First: Japan's Largest Warship Visits Sri Lanka on Indo-Pacific Deployment

By Ankit Panda
Japan's defense and security cooperation with Sri Lanka continues to deepen.

Japan's Delicate Geopolitical Balancing Act in 2018
January 10, 2018

Japan's Delicate Geopolitical Balancing Act in 2018

By Rupakjyoti Borah
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have to balance competing priorities in the year ahead.

What's in Japan's Record 2018 Defense Budget Request?
August 28, 2017

What's in Japan's Record 2018 Defense Budget Request?

By Mina Pollmann
Japan's defense spending continues to be driven by concerns about North Korea and Chinese maritime activities.
Is Japan Truly a Powerful Country?
May 13, 2017

Is Japan Truly a Powerful Country?

By Satoru Nagao
Japan's true power can only emerge if other countries, including the United States, require it.

What Is Japan's Regional Threat Environment and Defense Strategy?
March 10, 2017

What Is Japan's Regional Threat Environment and Defense Strategy?

By Ankit Panda
How does Japan see its threat environment and what are its defense priorities?

Japan Gets Serious About THAAD
November 26, 2016

Japan Gets Serious About THAAD

By Ankit Panda
After South Korea, Japan may become the second Northeast Asian state to deploy the THAAD system.

Japan Set to Boost East China Sea Troop Presence
November 30, 2015

Japan Set to Boost East China Sea Troop Presence

By Ankit Panda
Japan will likely deploy 500 troops to Ishigaki island, 90 nautical miles from the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.
Japan Could Work with NATO on Deadly Next-Generation Missile
July 13, 2015

Japan Could Work with NATO on Deadly Next-Generation Missile

By Ankit Panda
Japan's participation in a NATO missile development consortium could lead to multi-national projects in Asia.

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