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US, Japan Agree to New Defense Guidelines
April 28, 2015

US, Japan Agree to New Defense Guidelines

By Ankit Panda
The U.S. and Japan finalized a new set of defense guidelines envisioning a more global role for their alliance.
To Shoot or Not to Shoot?: Japanese Legislators Debate SDF Weapons Use
March 04, 2015

To Shoot or Not to Shoot?: Japanese Legislators Debate SDF Weapons Use

By Ankit Panda
Japanese lawmakers in the ruling coalition are debating the merits of allowing greater weapons use by the Japanese military.

Is Japan Now Finally a Normal Country?
December 27, 2013

Is Japan Now Finally a Normal Country?

By Lionel Pierre Fatton
What the recent changes to Japanese defense mean in the context of a return to “normalcy.”

Japan's Navy: Sailing Towards the Future
January 21, 2013

Japan's Navy: Sailing Towards the Future

While China’s growing naval power grabs headlines, Japan’s evolving navy might just be the real story.

Japan "To Deploy PAC Missiles"
March 23, 2012

Japan "To Deploy PAC Missiles"

Japan announces plans to deploy PAC-3 missiles in response to North Korea’s planned “satellite” launch.

Why Didn't Japan Finish Job?
October 23, 2011

Why Didn't Japan Finish Job?

The attack on Pearl Harbor could have been even worse for the United States. Why did Japan hold back?

Japan’s Stealth Fighter Gambit
June 23, 2011

Japan’s Stealth Fighter Gambit

Tokyo seems poised to spend billions developing the country’s first homegrown stealth warplane. But is the Shinshin really meant for military service?

Japan's Air Power Crunch
June 20, 2011

Japan's Air Power Crunch

Japan needs to revamp its air force. But with a tight budget and constitutional constraints, will it have to import it all?

Where is the GSDF Going?
June 04, 2011

Where is the GSDF Going?

Japan’s changing security environment means there’s just less for the Ground Self-Defence Forces to do.

Japan: Britain of the Far East?
January 18, 2011

Japan: Britain of the Far East?

In the third in our series on Asia-Pacific navies, Alessio Patalano argues that Japan has had no choice but to develop a powerful navy.

F-35: Still on Asia’s Radar?

F-35: Still on Asia’s Radar?

Several Asian countries are interested in the American F-35 JSF. But Canada’s U-turn on buying the jet won’t encourage Asian partners to sign up any time soon. Will the program survive?

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