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May 09, 2017

Japan and the North Korean Dilemma: Thinking the Unthinkable

What are the likely scenarios for resolution of the North Korean problem, and how can Japan help bring about such ...

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December 19, 2016

China Steers a Perilous Course in the South China Sea

China has risked isolating itself internationally with its high-handed conduct in the South China Sea. Bonji Ohara looks at the ...

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November 01, 2016

China’s Senkaku Incursion in Perspective
Byproducts of a Dysfunctional System

The unprecedented entry of a Chinese naval vessel into the seas around the Senkaku Islands last June elicited a raft ...

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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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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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October 05, 2015

Abe’s 70th Anniversary Statement: Historical Realism, not Revisionism

Prime Minister Abe's statement on the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II turned out to be less ...

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September 09, 2015

Rethinking Japan’s Foreign Aid
Widening the Scope of Assistance from a Security Perspective

Nine specific recommendations are outlined in this summary of a policy proposal on Japan's foreign aid. We make the case ...

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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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August 06, 2015

The Objectives of Japan’s New Security Legislation

The security-related legislation submitted by the government of Prime Minister Abe has become very controversial, both in Japan and elsewhere. ...

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