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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.

Japan Scrambling Jets at Cold War Levels
April 20, 2015

Japan Scrambling Jets at Cold War Levels

By Ankit Panda
Plus, South China Sea disputes, interviews with Asia's top diplomats, and more.

Japan Approves Largest-Ever Defense Budget
January 14, 2015

Japan Approves Largest-Ever Defense Budget

By Ankit Panda
Shinzo Abe's cabinet has approved a $42 billion defense budget, the largest ever in the country's history.
Japan Considers State Financing for Defense Exports
November 28, 2014

Japan Considers State Financing for Defense Exports

By Ankit Panda
The Japanese government will back Japanese firms involved in defense exports with financing.

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