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US, Japan Move Into Final Portion of Keen Sword 2018 Bilateral Military Exercises
November 07, 2018

US, Japan Move Into Final Portion of Keen Sword 2018 Bilateral Military Exercises

By Ankit Panda
This year's Keen Sword exercise features a focus on amphibious operations.

Japan Activates Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade
April 09, 2018

Japan Activates Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade

By Ankit Panda
Japan activates its equivalent of a marine unit for the first time since World War II.
An F-35B for Japan's Izumo-class: Obstacles and Challenges
March 23, 2018

An F-35B for Japan's Izumo-class: Obstacles and Challenges

By Robert Farley
What does Japan need to consider before pursuing F-35B fighters for its helicopter destroyers?

Tomomi Inada, Japan's Defense Minister, Resigns Following Weeks of Scandal
July 28, 2017

Tomomi Inada, Japan's Defense Minister, Resigns Following Weeks of Scandal

By Ankit Panda
Tomomi Inada leaves office days shy of completing a one-year term.

‘Womenomics’ Comes to Japan's Defense Sector
May 09, 2017

‘Womenomics’ Comes to Japan's Defense Sector

By Mayuko Yatsu
Women are making in-roads in the Defense Ministry and Self-Defense Forces, but more needs to be done.

Japan's Global SDF Will Need These Two Laws
May 15, 2015

Japan's Global SDF Will Need These Two Laws

By Ankit Panda
Two new bills could revolutionize the Japanese military's ability to fight abroad.

Japan, US Conduct Amphibious Landing Exercises
July 31, 2014

Japan, US Conduct Amphibious Landing Exercises

By Ankit Panda
The exercises took place on the sidelines of RIMPAC 2014.
Japan’s Sensible New Defense Chief
June 16, 2012

Japan’s Sensible New Defense Chief

The choice of Satoshi Morimoto to head Japan’s Defense Ministry has surprised many. But the media and opposition party criticism is misplaced.

Japan Readies for North Korea Test
March 31, 2012

Japan Readies for North Korea Test

Japan says its SDF is preparing “destruction measures” against potential North Korean ballistic missiles.

March 28, 2012

Do U.S. Cuts Threaten its Allies?

An increasingly cash-strapped America is promising significant cuts to its military. Coupled with a rising China, would the U.S. have to give up on its allies?

Japan’s Growing Military Confidence
March 20, 2012

Japan’s Growing Military Confidence

The Japanese Self-Defense Forces performed admirably after last year’s tsunami. Expect a more confident force to play a growing role in disaster response.

Japan’s Defense Industry Lifeline
December 31, 2011

Japan’s Defense Industry Lifeline

The Japanese government’s decision to relax rules on defense exports has the potential to give the country a much-needed national security boost.

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