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After Dhaka Attack Claims 7 Japanese Lives, Tokyo Steps up Counterterrorism
July 08, 2016

After Dhaka Attack Claims 7 Japanese Lives, Tokyo Steps up Counterterrorism

By Mina Pollmann
Japan's response, as usual, will involve foreign aid and assistance, rather than deploying military assets.

Will Islamists Force Japan to Abandon Pacifism?
June 01, 2016

Will Islamists Force Japan to Abandon Pacifism?

By Jeremy Luedi
Yet another hostage-taking incident in the Middle East is sparking debates in Japan.
To Fight Terror, Japan Must Fix Its Intelligence Apparatus
June 01, 2015

To Fight Terror, Japan Must Fix Its Intelligence Apparatus

By Yuki Tatsumi
New counter-terror measures are a start, but Japan needs a more holistic approach in its fight against terrorism.

3 Japanese Dead in Tunisia Attack
March 20, 2015

3 Japanese Dead in Tunisia Attack

By Mina Pollmann
Once again, Japanese nationals abroad fall victim to a terrorist group.

Japan Mulls Creating Its Own CIA
February 13, 2015

Japan Mulls Creating Its Own CIA

By Mina Pollmann
After the Islamic State hostage crisis, Japan wants to beef up its intelligence apparatus.

Post-Hostage Crisis, What Is Japan's Role in the Middle East?
February 04, 2015

Post-Hostage Crisis, What Is Japan's Role in the Middle East?

By Mina Pollmann
Japan should not let the tragic murder of two citizens shake its resolve to uphold world peace and security.

Jordan Holds Key to Fate of Japanese Hostage
January 30, 2015

Jordan Holds Key to Fate of Japanese Hostage

By Shannon Tiezzi
Islamic State's new demands put Jordan front-and-center in the ongoing hostage drama.
Islamic State Murders Hostage, Sparking Soul-Searching in Japan
January 26, 2015

Islamic State Murders Hostage, Sparking Soul-Searching in Japan

By Shannon Tiezzi
The reported decapitation of Haruna Yukawa is causing some to question the wisdom of Japan's new security stance.

Japan's 'Mercantile Realism' in the Middle East
January 23, 2015

Japan's 'Mercantile Realism' in the Middle East

By Mina Pollmann
Japan's economic-based strategy was on display during Shinzo Abe's tour of the Middle East.

Islamic State Threatens to Kill Two Captured Japanese Citizens
January 21, 2015

Islamic State Threatens to Kill Two Captured Japanese Citizens

By Ankit Panda
The Islamic State is demanding $200 million in ransom from the Japanese government for two captured Japanese citizens.

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