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.
December 14, 2011
Report: Japan Chooses F-35
Reports suggest Japan is set to buy F-35 fighters from the United States. Is the move substantive or symbolic?
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.
May 31, 2011
Japan's Crisis and the SDF
Japan’s Self-Defense Force had good reviews for its post-crisis performance. Is the public ready for more?
April 29, 2011
When Disaster Isn’t a Zero-Sum Game
It would be tempting for Japan to withdraw inward following last month’s earthquake and tsunami. So far, though, its leaders have resisted.
April 11, 2011
Japan's New Deal Opportunity
As it recovers from disaster, Japan has a huge chance to tackle issues vital to its future security. But it will need leadership from the next generation.
April 02, 2011
The Struggle for a New Japan
Naoto Kan has shown during the ongoing crisis his determination for a more open style of government in Japan. It won’t be easy for him.
March 20, 2011
Japan's SDF Moment
Japan’s Self-Defense Force is having to step up as never before in the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami.
December 13, 2010
Kan Tactless on North Korea
Naoto Kan’s suggestion of an SDF deployment to South Korea in the event of war was badly timed.
October 26, 2010
India, Japan Boost Defence Ties
With an eye each on China, India and Japan look to bolster defence co-operation.