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December 22, 2016

The Significance of Abe’s Pearl Harbor Visit

The visit to Pearl Harbor by Prime Minister Abe is a powerful reaffirmation of the importance of the Japan-US security ...

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November 16, 2016

What Trump’s Victory Means for Japan

Trump’s surprising election victory has alarmed many in the United States and other countries, but the practical tenor of his ...

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January 07, 2016

Building the Japan-US Alliance, 1951–72: A Diplomatic Reassessment

A narrow focus on the left-right divide that defined the “1955 setup” of postwar Japanese politics has created an oversimplified ...

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December 02, 2015

The New Security Legislation and Japanese Public Reaction

The Abe cabinet succeeded in passing legislation to expand the scope of Japan’s security options in September, but the strength ...

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November 05, 2015

Japan’s Security Legislation from an Operational Perspective

There was very little debate on the actual substance of Japan’s recently enacted security legislation, despite the uproar it caused ...

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August 26, 2015

Okinawa’s Inconvenient Truths

The controversy over US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa is widely regarded as a local issue, but the ...

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April 21, 2015

Development Assistance for Inclusive Growth
A Field for Japan-U.S. Cooperation?

Closer cooperation between the Japanese and US business communities and civil sectors in addressing social issues could contribute to advancing ...

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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 19, 2014

Japan’s “Proactive Contribution to Peace”
A Mere Political Label?

The centerpiece of Japan’s first National Security Strategy, announced in December 2013, was a pledge to make a more proactive ...

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March 28, 2014

President Obama’s April Trip
With a Focus on US-Japan-ROK Relations

Chris Nelson, the editor and publisher of the Washington-based Nelson Report was a featured speaker at the Tokyo Foundation Forum ...

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