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Assessing the Japan-US Summit
January 25, 2023

Assessing the Japan-US Summit

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Jeffrey Hornung.

Japan, US Emphasize Security Cooperation During Kishida Visit
January 18, 2023

Japan, US Emphasize Security Cooperation During Kishida Visit

By Mina Pollmann
The Japanese prime minister's U.S. visit, and the latest 2+2 consultations, emphasized an even-closer alliance amid Japan's changing security posture.
Kishida’s 3 Dilemmas as G7 President
January 17, 2023

Kishida’s 3 Dilemmas as G7 President

By Takahashi Kosuke
After his successful tour of 5 G-7 partners, Japan’s three main challenges are apparent: Russia, China, and nuclear weapons.

For Kishida and Biden, a Stronger Japanese Defense Posture Is Only Half the Battle
January 11, 2023

For Kishida and Biden, a Stronger Japanese Defense Posture Is Only Half the Battle

By Craig Kafura
It’s one thing to commit to a stronger military and another thing to use it.

Japan, South Korea Wonder: How Strong Is the US Nuclear Umbrella?
January 07, 2023

Japan, South Korea Wonder: How Strong Is the US Nuclear Umbrella?

By Takahashi Kosuke
Concerns over the United States’ extended deterrence are growing in Tokyo and Seoul.

Biden to Host Japan’s Kishida for Talks on Defense, Economy
January 05, 2023

Biden to Host Japan’s Kishida for Talks on Defense, Economy

By Mari Yamaguchi
Ahead of the visit, Japan's prime minister promised a deeper alliance with the U.S. under Japan's new defense strategy.

US Air Force Will Deploy MQ-9 Reapers to Japan for the First Time
October 06, 2022

US Air Force Will Deploy MQ-9 Reapers to Japan for the First Time

By Kosuke Takahashi
Starting in late October, the USAF will station the UAVs on Kyushu, a move designed to strengthen Japan’s maritime surveillance.
VP Harris Leads US Delegation to Japan for Slain Leader Abe’s Funeral
September 26, 2022

VP Harris Leads US Delegation to Japan for Slain Leader Abe’s Funeral

By Chris Megerian and Mari Yamaguchi
Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida told Harris that former PM Abe Shinzo had “poured his heart and soul” into strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance.

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.

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