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Japan's Collective Self-Defense: Implications for Asia
July 02, 2014

Japan's Collective Self-Defense: Implications for Asia

By Ankit Panda and Zachary Keck
U.S. editors Ankit Panda and Zachary Keck speak to Clint Richards about Japan reinterpreting its constitution.

Abe’s Collective Self-Defense Cabinet Approval Imminent
June 25, 2014

Abe’s Collective Self-Defense Cabinet Approval Imminent

By Clint Richards
A new government draft has garnered coalition support, and could be approved as early as next week.
Shinzo Abe’s Constitutional Ambitions
June 12, 2014

Shinzo Abe’s Constitutional Ambitions

By Jeremy A. Yellen
Despite widespread opposition, Japan’s PM is determined to reinterpret the constitution.

Japanese Arms-Trade for Domestic Consumption
June 04, 2014

Japanese Arms-Trade for Domestic Consumption

By Clint Richards
Japan may use the prospect of large arms deals with Australia to influence public sentiment over military normalization.

LDP Sets Stage for Next Collective Self-Defense Talks
May 26, 2014

LDP Sets Stage for Next Collective Self-Defense Talks

By Clint Richards
Japan’s coalition partners are looking to iron out their differences over ‘grey-zone issues’ this week.

New Komeito Stalls on Collective Self-Defense
May 22, 2014

New Komeito Stalls on Collective Self-Defense

By Clint Richards
While Japan’s coalition partners argue over the agenda, Abe announces a new Cabinet position to push the issue in the Diet.

Japan-North Korea Negotiations to Resume
May 20, 2014

Japan-North Korea Negotiations to Resume

By Clint Richards
Despite intense rhetoric, there is space for tactical concessions and further detente.
Japan to Build Defense Camps Near Disputed Islands
May 20, 2014

Japan to Build Defense Camps Near Disputed Islands

By Clint Richards
GSDF camps are to be built on three islands near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands to handle “remote island attacks.”

The Day After Abe’s Panel Report on Collective Self-Defense
May 16, 2014

The Day After Abe’s Panel Report on Collective Self-Defense

By Clint Richards
The LDP has made its case for collective self-defense. Will coalition partner New Komeito influence the process?

Abe Reassures After Election Victory
July 24, 2013

Abe Reassures After Election Victory

Shinzo Abe gets the Upper House victory he wanted, and then moves to reassure voters as to his intentions.

The Taxing Issue
July 10, 2010

The Taxing Issue

Big party support for a consumption tax hike leaves opposing voters few alternatives.

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