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Japan's Delicate Geopolitical Balancing Act in 2018
January 10, 2018
Japan's Delicate Geopolitical Balancing Act in 2018
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have to balance competing priorities in the year ahead.
Japan's Delicate Geopolitical Balancing Act in 2018
What's in Japan's Record 2018 Defense Budget Request?
August 28, 2017
What's in Japan's Record 2018 Defense Budget Request?
Japan's defense spending continues to be driven by concerns about North Korea and Chinese maritime activities.
What's in Japan's Record 2018 Defense Budget Request?
Is Japan Truly a Powerful Country?
May 13, 2017
Is Japan Truly a Powerful Country?
Japan's true power can only emerge if other countries, including the United States, require it.
Is Japan Truly a Powerful Country?
What Is Japan's Regional Threat Environment and Defense Strategy?
March 10, 2017
What Is Japan's Regional Threat Environment and Defense Strategy?
How does Japan see its threat environment and what are its defense priorities?
What Is Japan's Regional Threat Environment and Defense Strategy?
Japan Gets Serious About THAAD
November 26, 2016
Japan Gets Serious About THAAD
After South Korea, Japan may become the second Northeast Asian state to deploy the THAAD system.
Japan Gets Serious About THAAD
Japan Set to Boost East China Sea Troop Presence
November 30, 2015
Japan Set to Boost East China Sea Troop Presence
Japan will likely deploy 500 troops to Ishigaki island, 90 nautical miles from the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.
Japan Set to Boost East China Sea Troop Presence
Japan Could Work with NATO on Deadly Next-Generation Missile
July 13, 2015
Japan Could Work with NATO on Deadly Next-Generation Missile
Japan's participation in a NATO missile development consortium could lead to multi-national projects in Asia.
Japan Could Work with NATO on Deadly Next-Generation Missile
Japan Scrambling Jets at Cold War Levels
April 20, 2015
Japan Scrambling Jets at Cold War Levels
Plus, South China Sea disputes, interviews with Asia's top diplomats, and more.
Japan Scrambling Jets at Cold War Levels
Japan Approves Largest-Ever Defense Budget
January 14, 2015
Japan Approves Largest-Ever Defense Budget
Shinzo Abe's cabinet has approved a $42 billion defense budget, the largest ever in the country's history.
Japan Approves Largest-Ever Defense Budget
Japan Considers State Financing for Defense Exports
November 28, 2014
Japan Considers State Financing for Defense Exports
The Japanese government will back Japanese firms involved in defense exports with financing.
Japan Considers State Financing for Defense Exports
Japan Mulling Lifting Defense Export Ban: 'Proactive Pacifism' In Action?
February 13, 2014
Japan Mulling Lifting Defense Export Ban: 'Proactive Pacifism' In Action?
Shinzo Abe and the LDP are out to remove Japan's ban on defense exports. Is this "proactive pacifism" or something else?
Japan Mulling Lifting Defense Export Ban: 'Proactive Pacifism' In Action?
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