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June 02, 2017

Why Abe’s Constitutional Reform Is Destined to Fail

In the wake of Prime Minister Abe’s recently announced aim to place constitutional reform on the political agenda, Katsuyuki Yakushiji ...

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July 08, 2016

Coalition Victory Unlikely to Lead to Constitutional Amendment

The LDP-Komeito coalition is expected to win big in the July 10 upper house election, but even if it secures ...

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October 08, 2015

Abe’s Hollow Victory?
Public Uproar over Collective Self-Defense

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe achieved a cherished policy goal with the September 19, 2015, passage of security legislation revising the ...

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September 03, 2014

Redefining Self-Defense
The Abe Cabinet’s Interpretation of Article 9

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to expand the scope of self-defense activities permitted by the Japanese Constitution have met with ...

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June 24, 2013

Japan’s Ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Salla Garský, a Sylff fellow at the University of Helsinki, used her Sylff Research Abroad (SRA) award to research the ...

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February 05, 2010

Is Futenma Really the Litmus Test for Commitment to the Alliance?

Last year’s change of government has lowered the hurdle for shifting the directions of Japan's foreign policy for the first ...

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December 14, 2009

A New Direction for Japan’s Security Policy?

The Halifax International Security Forum, held in Halifax, Canada, on November 20-22, 2009, brought together leaders from around the world ...

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