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Beyond Three Principles of Arms Export: Challenges for the Japanese Defense Industry

December 17, 2013
In December 2012, then Noda cabinet announced that it
would take “case-by-case” approach to relax Japan’s Three Principles
of Arms Export (known as “Three Ps”, a long-standing policy to forbid
Japanese manufacturers to export weapons.  However, the implementation of this revised
policy has been painfully slow, causing frustration not only among Japanese
industry, but also among their US counterparts who seek more robust industrial
partnership with Japanese defense industry…More>>

Japan’s Evolving Perception of China

November 20, 2013
Mr. Katsuyuki Komatsu serves as Deputy Director in the Secretariat Dvision in the Japanese Ministry of Defense, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Stimson Center while on sabbatical. In this discussion, Mr. Komatsu discussed the recent trends in Japan’s perceptions of China, with a focus on security issues.  

Japan’s Dual-Use Technology: Can It Save Japan’s Defense Industrial Base?

October 10, 2013
Dr. Yuzo Murayama of Doshisha University and Stimson Center Visiting Fellow spoke on the potential that Japan’s dual-use technology has in enhancing Japan’s future industrial base. Dr. Murayama spends much of his his research career looking into the intersection
between economy and national security.  He is one of very few scholars in
Japan who conducts policy-relevant research of the challenges in Japanese
defense industry has, and how to enhance US-Japan industrial cooperation in
national security area. 

Yoshihiko Noda, 95th Prime Minister of Japan, Launches Voices From Japan Series

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
“Voices from Japan: National Security Speaker Series” is an annual public symposium that aims to bring high-profile, senior-level Japanese individuals to Washington, DC for a discussion about how the US and Japan can tackle today’s global security challenges under the US-Japan alliance and in partnership with like-minded nations. It aims to provide a unique platform for senior-level Japanese officials to share their insights and concerns on a range of international issues. The Honorable Yoshihiko Noda, the 95th Prime Minister of Japan, spoke as the inaugural speaker for the series…More>>

Extended Deterrence and Strategic Stability in Northeast Asia

Monday, August 26, 2013
With the simultaneous emergence of a nuclear-armed North Korea and a China that is modernizing and diversifying its nuclear posture, extended deterrence and strategic stability are under new stress in Northeast Asia. How these new challenges are managed will affect the credibility of US extended deterrence in other regions, including Europe…More>>

US-Japan Defense Cooperation and the New US Defense Strategy

Thursday, March 14, 2013
In 2012, the Department of Defense announced strategic guidance for US military operations. Some of the key elements, such as “rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region,” “Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC)” and “Air-Sea Battle (ASB),” are well known. What is often overlooked, though, is how these concepts may influence the force posture planning of US allies. Col. Ikeda (JGSDF) and Col. Yajima (JASDF), both visiting fellows at Stimson, shared their perspectives on what Japan should focus on as it prepares to revise its own National Defense Program Guideline (NDPG)…More>>

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Revenge”: Priorities and Challenges for Japan’s New Government

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
On December 26, 2012, Shinzo Abe, who became the prime minister in 2006 only to resign in 2007, returned to the premiership. A new Diet session opened on January 28, 2013. Since his inauguration, the non-Japanese media has focused on Abe’s return in the context of a possible rise of nationalism and strained regional relations. But Abe’s policy speech to the Diet on January 28 – three-quarters of which was spent on how to revitalize Japanese economy – indicates that Abe’s government in fact faces challenges that are far more complex…More>>

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