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Japan, US Discuss Longer Range Missiles to Counter China
September 16, 2022

Japan, US Discuss Longer Range Missiles to Counter China

By Thisanka Siripala
At a defense ministers’ meeting, Japan gets U.S. support to bolster its defenses with “counter strike capabilities.”

How Would Japan Respond to a Taiwan Contingency?
August 20, 2022

How Would Japan Respond to a Taiwan Contingency?

By Kosuke Takahashi
National preparedness for a cross-strait emergency has been far behind what is necessary.
The Japan-US Alliance Embraces the Economic
August 12, 2022

The Japan-US Alliance Embraces the Economic

By Simran Walia
The advent of the new Economic 2+2 shows how closely economic issues are intertwined with security concerns.

Japan’s Evolving Approach to the Taiwan Strait
August 10, 2022

Japan’s Evolving Approach to the Taiwan Strait

By Rena Sasaki
Comparing the current crisis to the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis from 1995-96, Japan’s attitude toward China, the U.S., and other like-minded countries has changed significantly.

What’s on the Agenda at the Japan-US ‘Economic 2+2’?
July 26, 2022

What’s on the Agenda at the Japan-US ‘Economic 2+2’?

By James L. Schoff
The new forum, which expands the allies’ strategic coordination on economic issues, will have its first high-level meeting this week.

50 Years After US Occupation, Okinawa Continues to Resist Military Bases
May 24, 2022

50 Years After US Occupation, Okinawa Continues to Resist Military Bases

By Thisanka Siripala
The burden of hosting U.S. military bases continues to be a serious issue for Okinawa, even half a century after its return to Japan.

Japan to Co-develop Future Fighter F-X With UK
May 18, 2022

Japan to Co-develop Future Fighter F-X With UK

By Kosuke Takahashi
Japan may choose BAE Systems, not Lockheed Martin, to support Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in developing next-generation fighter aircraft.
Biden to Make First Asia Trip in May
April 28, 2022

Biden to Make First Asia Trip in May

By Shannon Tiezzi
The U.S. president will be visiting South Korea and Japan from May 20-24.

It’s Time for a Japan-US Pandemic Partnership
January 20, 2022

It’s Time for a Japan-US Pandemic Partnership

By James Gannon
Beyond their moral responsibility, Japan and the United States have compelling interests in doing more together to battle COVID-19 internationally.

AUKUS: Lessons for Japan’s Defense Industry
September 28, 2021

AUKUS: Lessons for Japan’s Defense Industry

By Yuki Tatsumi
If Japan’s leaders were surprised to be left out, they shouldn’t be. The culture surrounding Japan’s defense industry is not ready for an AUKUS-like partnership.

In a First, US Jets Will Fly Off a Japanese Warship This Fall
September 04, 2021

In a First, US Jets Will Fly Off a Japanese Warship This Fall

By Steven Stashwick
Marine Corps F-35B fighters will operate off Japan’s modified “helicopter destroyers.”
Japan’s Military Role in the Indo-Pacific
August 12, 2021

Japan’s Military Role in the Indo-Pacific

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Robert Ward.

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