Yuki Tatsumi

Senior Fellow and Co-Director

East Asia, Japan

Yuki Tatsumi is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center. Before joining Stimson, Tatsumi worked as a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and as the special assistant for political affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington.

Tatsumi’s most recent publications include Balancing Between Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament: Views from the Next Generation (ed.; Stimson Center, 2018) Lost in Translation? U.S. Defense Innovation and Northeast Asia (Stimson Center, 2017). She is also the editor of four earlier volumes of the Views from the Next Generation series: Peacebuilding and Japan (Stimson Center, 2017), Japan as a Peace Enabler (Stimson Center, 2016), Japan’s Global Diplomacy (Stimson Center, 2015), and Japan’s Foreign Policy Challenges in East Asia (Stimson Center, 2014). She is author of Opportunity out of Necessity: The Impact of U.S. Defense Budget Cuts on the U.S.-Japan Alliance (Stimson Center, 2013), a co-author of Global Security Watch: Japan (Praeger, 2010), an author of Japan’s National Security Policy Infrastructure: Can Tokyo Meet Washington’s Expectations? (Stimson Center, 2008), and an editor/contributing author of U.S.-Japan-Australia Security Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges (Stimson Center, 2015), The New Nuclear Agenda: Prospects for US-Japan Cooperation (Stimson Center, 2012), North Korea: Challenge for the US-Japan Alliance (Stimson Center, 2010), Strategic Yet Strained: US force realignment in Japan and its impact of Okinawa (Stimson Center, 2008), and Japan’s New Defense Establishment: Institutions, Capabilities and Implications (Stimson Center, 2007).

In September 2006 Tatsumi testified before the House Committee on International Relations. She is a recipient of the 2009 Yasuhiro Nakasone Incentive Award. In 2012 she was awarded the Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of National Policy of Japan for her contribution in advancing mutual understanding between the United States and Japan. A native of Tokyo, Tatsumi holds a B.A. in liberal arts from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and an M.A. in international economics and Asian studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington.

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Improving U.S. and Japanese policymakers’ understanding of shared security and political challenges as both countries face new regional dynamics

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Commentary
Japan’s response to COVID-19: slowly going back to normal?

How the Japanese governments handles the aftermath of the outbreak, could redeem the initial missteps that were cause for criticism

Book
Key Challenges in Japan’s Defense Policy

Policy briefs by Japanese security experts on Japan’s core security issues, from emerging domains to enduring challenges

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Yuki Tatsumi cited in article about the summit coordinated between Japan and South Korea in China next month

Japan and South Korea agreed Saturday to work toward a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Moon Jae-in next month — a breakthrough that came a day after the last-minute rescue of a military pact between the two nations. Foreign Mini…

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Yuki Tatsumi cited in article about the last-ditch effort being made by Japan and South Korea to save their expiring intelligence pact

Japan and South Korea made a last-ditch effort to save their expiring intelligence pact, after the Trump administration pressed its two allies to prevent their feud from dealing a lasting blow to the U.S.’s regional security network. The two sides were…

Project Note
20 Years of the Japan Program

Stimson’s Japan Program, launched in 1999, seeks to provide a dynamic platform for engaging in useful discussion and analysis on the security issues relevant to Japan and its alliance with the United States. We strive to provide empirically based, high…

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Yuki Tatsumi cited about the one-sided political relationship between Trump and Shinzo Abe

On Monday, President Trump announced that the United States and Japan reached an initial trade deal. But don’t be fooled. As geopolitical bets go, the one that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe placed on Trump might rank among the worst in m…

Book
Disinformation, Cybersecurity, and Energy Challenges

This collection of essays examines three nontraditional challenges: disinformation, cybersecurity, and energy security. The three authors, who are emerging experts on Taiwan, assess their chosen topic by analyzing the Taiwan government’s current policies and making recommendations to increase security. The three articles show how these multifaceted security challenges require a more contemporary approach to security, and how Taiwan’s unique situation provides opportunities for innovation.

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Yuki Tatsumi cited in article about South Korea’s plan to withdraw from an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan

South Korea said it would withdraw from an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan, extending their feud over trade measures and historical grievances into security cooperation and raising alarm in the U.S., their shared ally. South Korea n…

Commentary
Can Japan-South Korea relations be saved?

Japan-South Korea relations are spiraling out of control. The bilateral relationship between Tokyo and Seoul, which has undergone numerous ups and downs since the two countries normalized ties in 1965, seems to have entered an unprecedented period of u…

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Yuki Tatsumi cited in article about whether Shinzo Abe can change Japan’s U.S. imposed constitutional law

In the 1950s Nobusuke Kishi, then Japan’s prime minister, tried to change the constitution that America had imposed on the country in the aftermath of the second world war. He failed. Now his grandson, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s current prime minister, i…

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Analysts: Shinzo Abe a shape-shifter on North Korea in Trump era

NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could be trying to please U.S. President Donald Trump with offers to meet with Kim Jong Un without preconditions, as he watches and learns from Trump’s exam…

Commentary
Abe Tries to Move the Needle on Japan’s North Korea Policy, but Will it Matter?

The abduction issue (rachi mondai) has been a major constraint on Japan’s policy toward North Korea for the last several decades. In the 1970s, a number of Japanese citizens disappeared and it has long been suspected that they were abducted by Nor…

Press Release
Statement: Implications of Japan’s new emperor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/01/2019 CONTACT Caiti Goodman, 202.478.3437 (O), 202.361.0254 (C), [email protected] Statement: Implications of Japan’s new emperor In reaction to the ascension of Emperor Naruhito, Stimson Senior Fellow and Co-director…

Commentary
Can Tokyo and Seoul break their deadlock?

Relations between Japan and South Korea have descended to a new low. To be sure, the downward trend in Japan’s ties with its closest neighbor is not new: Even after the two countries first agreed on a “future-oriented relationship” when Prime Minister…

Commentary
Is constitutional revision a bridge too far for Abe?

In February 2019, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held its annual party convention. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his strong desire to revise Article 9 of the constitution, granting the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) a full-fledged…

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to revise Article 9 of the constitution

Is constitutional revision a bridge too far for Abe? In February 2019, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held its annual party convention. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his strong desire to revise Article 9 of the constituti…

Book
International Disaster Response: Rebuilding the Quad? Views from the Next Generation

In 2004, Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S. worked together to respond to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2007, these four countries formed the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – the Quad – seeking to deepen their cooperation, only to disban…

Commentary
What’s next for U.S.-North Korea talks?

The second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un drew to an early close when the two leaders realized they were nowhere near to be able to sign any agreement. For those in Washington who closely monitored the de…

Commentary
The Second Trump Kim Summit: No Good Option for Japan?

U.S. President Donald Trump just kicked off his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam. Pessimism around Trump’s meeting with Kim is not new. In fact, the Joint Declaration issued by the two leaders following their fir…

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi on The Second Trump Kim Summit

The Second Trump Kim Summit: No Good Option for Japan? U.S. President Donald Trump just kicked off his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam. Pessimism around Trump’s meeting with Kim is not new. In fact, the Joint De…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in article about feud between US allies, Japan and South Korea

Feud Between U.S. Allies Deepens as Trump Sits on Sidelines President Donald Trump’s desire to put “America first” has fostered new disputes between the U.S. and its allies. In Asia, old rivalries are also roaring back. Ties between Japan and South Kor…

Book
Views from the Next Generation

Views from the Next Generation is a series of policy briefs that offer recommendations for the most significant challenges facing Japan and its international partners today.

Commentary
Can Abe Solve Japan’s “North Korea” Dilemma?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reelected for the third term as the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on September 20, lengthening his tenure as prime minister until 2021. Just prior to his reelection, he visited Vladivostok, Russ…

Commentary
Is Japan heading for a leadership vacuum?

On Sept. 20, Shinzo Abe won a third term in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential election and extended his tenure as prime minister beyond this fall. If he serves the full three years and leaves office in the fall of 2021, he will have be…

Commentary
Was Japan the biggest loser in Singapore?

On June 26, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States will not place a deadline on North Korea’s denuclearization. Even though he insisted that the U.S. will regularly assess the seriousness of North Korea’s commitment to giving up its…

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Yuki Tatsumi Op-Ed on Trump-Kim Summit’s Impact on Japan

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Commentary
After the Summit Euphoria—Now What?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met last Friday for the inter-Korean summit in Panmunjom. It has been 11 years since the last such encounter between leaders of the two countries. Following their meeting, they issu…

Commentary
A role for Japan on the Korean Peninsula

The latest meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump was a sobering moment for Japan in many ways. In particular, last week’s summit has made one thing stunningly clear: It is not in a position to play a major role as th…

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Yuki Tatsumi Quoted on Abe’s Stake in Quad’s Success

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Yuki Tatsumi Quoted on the Russia Angle in U.S.-China-DPRK Triangle

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Commentary
Abe and Trump’s Friendship without Benefits

On 17–18 April 2018, US President Donald Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The pair’s personal rapport was emphasised throughout Abe’s visit to the United States. Trump and Abe addressed each other with their first names and emphasised…

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Yuki Tatsumi Op-Ed on Trump-Abe Relationship

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Event
Voices from Japan

An annual symposium that brings senior-level Japanese opinion leaders to discuss Japan’s national security challenges

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Yuki Tatsumi Quoted on China-Japan Trade

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Yuki Tatsumi Quoted on Abe North Korea Strategy

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Yuki Tatsumi Quoted Impediments on Japan’s China Strategy

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Yuki Tatsumi Quoted on North Korean Denuclearization

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Commentary
It Only Takes One Trump Tweet To Fall Into North Korea’s Trap

On Thursday, President Donald Trump shocked the world by agreeing to meet Kim Jong-Un in person in Pyongyang, in what would be the first ever face-to-face meeting between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader. The surprise summit is slated to take…

Book
Balancing Between Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament: Views from the Next Generation

Balancing Between Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament: Views from the Next Generation presents policy briefs exploring Japan’s complex balancing act between its short-term need for nuclear deterrence and long-term desire for nuclear disarmament….

Press Release
Yun Sun and Yuki Tatsumi Appointed Co-Directors of East Asia Program

For Immediate Release March 7, 2018 Contact: Audel Shokohzadeh, [email protected], 202.478.3419 The Stimson Center announced today that Yuki Tatsumi and Yun Sun have been appointed Co-Directors of the East Asia program. Tatsumi and Sun join Alan D…

Research Pages
Japan Visiting Fellows Program

Questions If you have any questions regarding the Japan Visiting Fellows Program, please email Yuki Tatsumi at [email protected] Past Visiting Fellows Year Name Affiliation Research Topic 2019 Col. Toshimitsu Inoue JASDF A Study of Japan Self-D…

The Japan-South Korea ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement Survives (Barely)

In the press conference on January 9, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said her government will not seek the renegotiation of the December 2015 agreement it reached with Japan regarding the comfort women issue. Her official announ…

Is Japan Ready for the Quad? Opportunities and Challenges for Tokyo in a Changing Indo-Pacific

On Aug. 22, 2007, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke in front of the Indian Parliament and articulated a vision for the Indo-Pacific region. He spoke of a “confluence of the two seas,” seeking to draw a strategic link between the Pacifi…

Japan’s Defense Policy Decisions in 2018

On December 15, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a speech at a conference held at Kyodo News. Much of his speech was about how he envisions continuing his efforts to revitalize the Japanese economy. However, in his discussion of u…

Issue Brief
The US National Security Strategy: Implications for the Indo-Pacific

On December 18, 2017, the Trump administration issued its National Security Strategy (NSS). Organized under four main principles — protect the homeland, promote American prosperity, preserve peace through strength, and advance American influence —…

Commentary
What North Korea’s ICBM Means for Japan’s Defense Planning

Two weeks have passed since North Korea test-launched the Hwasong-15, Pyongyang’s most advanced nuclear-capable inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM). Prior to this November 29 test, there was debate among Korean affairs experts ove…

Issue Brief
Trump Meets Abe: Beyond the Publicity

U.S. President Donald J. Trump began his first Asia trip with a visit to Japan. During his stay in Japan from November 5 to 7, his host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, went all out to welcome the president and First Lady Melania Trump. T…

Commentary
Yuriko Koike’s New Party: A Real Game-Changer for Japanese Politics?

On September 27, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike launched her new party Kibo no To (Party of Hope). Within 24 hours after the party’s launch, speculations have begun to swirl that the Democratic Party of Japan, struggling to r…

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Yuki Tatsumi Op-Ed on New Political Party in Japan

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Yuki Tatsumi Quoted on Japan’s Reaction to North Korea Missile Tests

With North Korean missiles zooming overhead, how does Japan prepare, defend and respond? Japan’s tough challenges, military and diplomatic.

Japan unlikely to take up nuclear arms, expert says

Japan is unlikely to develop nuclear weapons to counter the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons capability, a Japanese security specialist said last week in Taipei. Yuki Tatsumi, director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center, a Washingt…

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Yuki Tatsumi Interviewed on Japan’s Defense Posture

TAIPEI – Japan is unlikely to develop nuclear weapons to counter the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons capability, a Japanese security specialist said last week in Taipei. Click here to read the full article.

Commentary
What It Would Really Take for a US Preemptive Strike on North Korea

On August 8, the Washington Post reported the assessment of U.S. intelligence sources that North Korea has considerably elevated the threat posed by the regime in Pyongyang. For the first time since North Korea’s nuclear problem first surface…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-ed in The Diplomat on What it would Take for the US to Strike North Korea

On August 8, the Washington Post reported the assessment of U.S. intelligence sources that North Korea has considerably elevated the threat posed by the regime in Pyongyang. For the first time since North Korea’s nuclear problem first surface…

Book
Lost in Translation? U.S. Defense Innovation and Northeast Asia

The United States must ensure that its military can adapt to an evolving threat environment to maintain its relative advantage vis-à-vis potential adversaries. Should the U.S. tackle this task unilaterally, however, the perception of relative U.S. decl…

Commentary
All About the Yen: Japan Begins Mid-Term Defense Planning

On June 20, the Research Committee on Security (Anzen Hosho Chosa-kai) within Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) released an interim report with recommendations for Japan’s next Mid-Term Defense Program (MTDP) for fiscal…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s op-ed in The Diplomat on Japanese defense planning

On June 20, the Research Committee on Security (Anzen Hosho Chosa-kai) within Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) released an interim report with recommendations for Japan’s next Mid-Term Defense Program (MTDP) for fiscal…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-ed in The Diplomat on Abe and Japan Constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has finally spoken up about revising Japan’s Constitution. In an one-on-one interview conducted by Yomiuri Shimbun on April 26, Abe spoke at length about his vision and timeline for constitutional revision….

Issue Brief
Abe’s New Vision for Japan’s Constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has finally spoken up about revising Japan’s Constitution. In an one-on-one interview conducted by Yomiuri Shimbun on April 26, Abe spoke at length about his vision and timeline for constitutional revision….

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Yun Sun quoted in Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Japan’s Constitution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has signalled his intention to reignite a long-running debate over revising the country’s war-renouncing constitution, citing regional security concerns as one reason behind the push. -snip- “This is still politi…

Commentary
Spotlight on Japan’s seventy-year old constitution

There is more than the usual interest in the seventieth birthday of Japan’s constitution, importantly because of a move to revision of its most unusual and distinguishing feature — Article 9, its famous peace clause. When enacted in 1947, the Japa…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-Ed in East Asia Forum on Japan’s Constitution

There is more than the usual interest in the seventieth birthday of Japan’s constitution, importantly because of a move to revision of its most unusual and distinguishing feature — Article 9, its famous peace clause. When enacted in 1947, the Japa…

Commentary
Japan Eyes ‘Counter-Attack’ Capability Against North Korea Missile Threat

On March 30, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) submitted a recommendation for the steps Japan should take to effectively respond to an ever-heightening missile threat from North Korea. The recommendations had three main parts: pot…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-Ed in The Diplomat on Japanese Response Proposal to North Korea

On March 30, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) submitted a recommendation for the steps Japan should take to effectively respond to an ever-heightening missile threat from North Korea. The recommendations had three main parts: pot…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Christian Science Monitor on Japanese Response to North Korean Missile Tests

MARCH 17, 2017 —Residents of Japan’s northwestern city of Ogo performed a civilian evacuation drill on Friday, the country’s first, in preparation for a scenario in which ballistic missiles – launched by a country that went unnamed by the city’s d…

Commentary
Japan Self-Defense Force Withdraws From South Sudan

On March 10, the Japanese government decided to stop the dispatch of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) engineering units to the United Nation’s Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) after the current unit completes its activities at the end o…

Book
Peacebuilding and Japan: Views from the Next Generation

Peacebuilding and Japan: Views from the Next Generation presents policy briefs exploring Japan’s development of the concept of peacebuilding as well as its practical contributions. As Japan looks for ways to be an active force in spreading peace, it is…

Commentary
Abe’s Trump moves: Proactive pragmatism at its finest

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has accomplished what no other foreign leaders has with US President Donald Trump. Not only has he already met him twice — once before and again just after the inauguration — but Trump appears to genuinely like Abe. O…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-Ed in The Interpreter on Abe and Trump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has accomplished what no other foreign leaders has with US President Donald Trump. Not only has he already met him twice — once before and again just after the inauguration — but Trump appears to genuinely like Abe. R…

Abe Comes to Washington: A Tough Balancing Act

On February 10, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington, DC. He will be the second foreign leader to visit the White House since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. During his stay in the United States, the two leaders will not…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-Ed in The Diplomat on US-Japanese Relations

On February 10, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington, DC. He will be the second foreign leader to visit the White House since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. During his stay in the United States, the two leaders will not…

Commentary
Defense Secretary Mattis in Asia: Challenges for a ‘Reassurer-in-Chief’

New U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis visited East Asia for his first foreign trip as the head of the Pentagon. Over the last several days, he visited the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, meeting with his counterparts in both countries. Mattis’…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-ed in The Diplomat on US Allies in East Asia

New U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis visited East Asia for his first foreign trip as the head of the Pentagon. Over the last several days, he visited the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, meeting with his counterparts in both countries. Mattis’…

Commentary
Alliances in the Asia-Pacific: US Commitments Will be Tested

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of Presidential Inbox 2017 — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the Trump administration faces during its first 100 days in office. Click here to read the full s…

Commentary
Shinzo Abe’s Visit to Pearl Harbor: What to Expect

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced in his press conference on December 5 that he would visit Hawaii from December 26 to 27  for his last summit meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. Abe also said that he would visit Pe…

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed in The Diplomat on Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced in his press conference on December 5 that he would visit Hawaii from December 26 to 27  for his last summit meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. Abe also said that he would visit Pe…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Voice of America on Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor

What is billed as the last big gathering of survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor takes place Wednesday in Hawaii — 75 years to the day after the bombing which brought the United States into World War II. Another poignant and historic event…

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BBC UK Regional Radio on Abe’s Visit with Trump

Why did Prime Minister Abe meet with President-elect Trump so soon after the US presidential election? Yuki Tatsumi discussed the unprecedented visit with BBC UK Regional Radio on November 17, 2016. Listen to the radio interview here.

Commentary
Japan’s Abe to Meet President-Elect Trump. Why Now?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not waste any time after Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. Abe plans to meet President-elect Trump in New York next week, less than 10 days after the U.S. election. Why su…

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed in The Diplomat on Abe’s plans to meet Trump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not waste any time after Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. Abe plans to meet President-elect Trump in New York next week, less than 10 days after the U.S. election. Why su…

Commentary
Trump Wins: Implications for US Allies and Partners in Asia

The suspense is over.  On November 8, defying most predictions, Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th president of the United States. Regardless of their pre-election desires and preference, U.S. allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific…

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NHK Newsroom Tokyo on the US Presidential Election: The Asian Angle

On the day of the US presidential election, NHK World News program Newsroom Tokyo interviewed Yuki Tatsumi to get the view from Japan on the presidential race and its potential outcomes. Click here to watch NHK Newsroom Tokyo’s interview with Yuki Tats…

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed in The Diplomat on Trump election implications for US-Asian relations

The suspense is over.  On November 8, defying most predictions, Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th president of the United States. Regardless of their pre-election desires and preference, U.S. allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific…

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Yuki Tatsumi interviewed in NHK World on the US election

This is the day that America decides on its new president. This is the day that ends the long election campaign which was marred by scandals, allegations of corruption and inflammatory remarks. -snip- Ms. Yuki Tatsumi, senior associate from The Stimson…

Commentary
Japan Rolls Out Red Carpet for Philippines’ Duterte

Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, is visiting Japan this week. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is hosting a dinner for him on October 25, followed by a more formal bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on October 26, where A…

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Yuki Tatsumi and Pamela Kennedy op-ed in The Diplomat on US-Japan alliance

When President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines announced a “separation from the United States” and a warming of Sino-Philippines relations during his state visit in China on October 20, disagreements over China’s activities in the Sou…

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed in The Diplomat on Duterte visit to Japan

Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, is visiting Japan this week. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is hosting a dinner for him on October 25, followed by a more formal bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on October 26, where A…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Bloomberg on Duarte visit to Japan

Rodrigo Duterte travels to one of the U.S.’s strongest allies in Asia on Tuesday in the Philippine president’s first trip since announcing a foreign-policy pivot to China in Beijing last week. The visit to Japan comes days after Duterte announced a “se…

Commentary
Does Another Election Loom in Japan?

On October 3, Hakubun Shimomura, a former education minister and now a senior official in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), signaled that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can dissolve the House of Representatives (Lower House) for a snap el…

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed in The Diplomat on another election in Japan

On October 3, Hakubun Shimomura, a former education minister and now a senior official in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), signaled that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can dissolve the House of Representatives (Lower House) for a snap el…

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed in The Diplomat on Japan’s democratic party election

On September 15, Japan’s Democratic Party (DP,Minshin-to) elected Renho Murata, who had been serving as acting leader, president of the party. Renho won a landslide victory against two other contenders, former party leader Seiji Maehara and Y…

Commentary
Democratic Party Presidential Election: Another Missed Opportunity for Japan’s Opposition

On September 15, Japan’s Democratic Party (DP,Minshin-to) elected Renho Murata, who had been serving as acting leader, president of the party. Renho won a landslide victory against two other contenders, former party leader Seiji Maehara and Y…

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed in The Diplomat in Japan and Russia

On September 1, the Japanese government confirmed an earlier Kremlin announcement that Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Japan in December of this year. Putin will visit Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hometown, Yamaguchi. On Septem…

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Yuki Tatsumi interviewed on NPR on Japanese emperor wishing to abdicate the throne

NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Yuki Tatsumi, senior associate of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center, about Emperor Akihito’s video message to the people of Japan. In the broadcast, he said he wants to abdicate the throne — the first time in 200…

Yuki Tatsumi Op-ed in The Diplomat on New Tokyo Governor

On July 31, Tokyo elected its first female governor. Yuriko Koike, the former defense minister who also served as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s special advisor on national security when he was first in office between 2006-2007, scored a landslide vi…

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What Does Tokyo’s New Governor Mean for Japanese Politics?

On July 31, Tokyo elected its first female governor. Yuriko Koike, the former defense minister who also served as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s special advisor on national security when he was first in office between 2006-2007, scored a landslide vi…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in The Strait Times on Japan and China’s maritime actions

Japan, in its annual defence review, said China’s muscle-flexing actions in the East and South China seas are attempts to change the status quo by coercion. This includes dangerous acts that could have unintended consequences, the Japanese Defence Mini…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in the Japan Times on Future US-Japan Relations

As the Democratic Party gears up to officially nominate Hillary Clinton as its candidate in November’s U.S. presidential election, Japanese officials are wondering which of the two hopefuls — her or Donald Trump — are more likely to get along, both on…

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A Big Win for Japan’s Ruling Coalition: Main Takeaways

On July 10, Japan held an election for the House of Councillors (Upper House). While the final results are still being confirmed, a clear winner and a loser have already emerged. The clear winner of the election on Sunday is the Liberal Democratic Part…

Commentary
What Sort of Defense Build-Up Does Japan Really Need?

Less than two weeks away from the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in Hague issuing its ruling on the case brought by the Philippines vis-à-vis China’s territorial claim in South China Sea, tensions have been on the rise in East Asia. It began…

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Yuki Tatsumi Op-ed in The Diplomat on Japan’s Defense

Less than two weeks away from the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in Hague issuing its ruling on the case brought by the Philippines vis-a-vis China’s territorial claim in South China Sea tensions have been on the rise in East Asia To read th…

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The Strategist Six: Yuki Tatsumi

1. Japan will head to the polls in July. What will the Upper House election mean for the Abe government, and what issues will be driving voters? The election result will determine whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be able to run the government fro…

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Yuki Tatsumi Op-ed in The Diplomat on China and the East China Sea

On June 9, a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) frigate sailed near Senkaku Island. Although the naval vessel stayed in the contiguous zone, and therefore did not enter Japan’s territorial waters, this is the first time that a PLAN vesse…

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Yuki Tatsumi Op-ed in The Diplomat on Japanese Electins

On June 1, Japan’s Diet concluded its session. During the press conference following the conclusion of the Diet session, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that his government has decided to postpone raising the consumption tax until the fall of 2019….

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Global Security on Diaoyu/Senkaku territorial dispute

China on Thursday rebutted a warning from Tokyo, just hours after Japan expressed a strong vow to protect its territory following a Chinese naval vessel sailing close to islands, known as Senkaku in Japanese, claimed by both countries. The Di…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in World Affairs Journal on President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima

“We can tell our children a different story,” said President Obama on Friday, after detailing the horrors of the day, 71 years ago, in which a “flash of light and a wall of fire” led to the deaths of some 140,000 in Hiroshima.   -snip- Y…

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Stimson Center Experts Analyze President Obama’s Hiroshima Speech

Experts from the nonpartisan Stimson Center share their reactions to President Obama’s speech in Hiroshima today. President Obama — accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima since Ame…

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US Military Personnel Arrested in Okinawa—Again

On May 19, a former U.S. Marine who works as a civilian employee at a U.S. base in Okinawa was arrested by Okinawa Prefectural Police. He was charged with the murder and desertion of the remains of Rina Shimabukuro, a 20-year old woman in Oki…

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed in The Diplomat on US Military Personnel Arrested in Okinawa

On May 19, a former U.S. Marine who works as a civilian employee at a U.S. base in Okinawa was arrested by Okinawa Prefectural Police. He was charged with the murder and desertion of the remains of Rina Shimabukuro, a 20-year old woman in Oki…

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Yuki Tatsumi cited in Bloomberg on President Obama’s visit to Asia

President Barack Obama will confront his own legacy — seven years of intractable wars he once pledged to end — when he revisits two of America’s bloodiest conflicts this week. On visits to Vietnam and Hiroshima, Obama will see the potency and limits…

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What to Expect From Obama’s Hiroshima Visit

On May 10, the White House announced that President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima when he visits Japan to attend his final G7 Summit in Ise-Shima. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will accompany Obama on his visit to Hiroshima. Since Se…

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Donald Trump: A Reality Check for the US-Japan Alliance

With the Republican nomination for this fall’s U.S. presidential election all but locked in, Donald Trump caused a major stir again in Japan when he said Tokyo should pay for all the costs of stationing U.S. forces in Japan, or Japan will hav…

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What Japan Can Learn From Australia’s Submarine Decision

By Yuki Tatsumi:  On April 26, the Australian government announced that it has chosen DCNS of France as the partner for joint development in its SEA 1000—Collins-class submarine replacement—program. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm…

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The Real Accomplishments of the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting

The G7 meeting held in Hiroshima last weekend marks a major diplomatic accomplishment for Japan. In addition to their Joint Communique, appropriate to the location of the meeting, the G7 foreign ministers adopted the Hiroshima Declaration on…

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There’s more to Japan–Australia security ties than submarines

Australia’s selection of a replacement for its Collins-Class submarine, termed the SEA1000 program, is entering its final stages. The competitive evaluation process set up by Australian government is nearing completion as the five-person Advisory Exper…

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Japan’s ‘New’ Opposition Party Is Not Actually New

Over the last several years, Japan has seen a panoply of new political parties appearing and evaporating. On March 27, this trend culminated in the launching ofMinshin-To (Democratic Party, DP), which consolidated the Minshu-To (Democrat…

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Japan’s Evolving Role in the UN

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Japan’s UN membership. Having just started its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, Japan’s involvement in the UN is a high-priority for the Abe government’s foreign policy agenda…

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Can Japan Be A “Peace Enabler”?

By Yuki Tatsumi and Hana Rudolph:  The evolution of Japan’s contribution to international peace through the United Nations has been remarkable. Today, Japan engages with the U.N. through peacekeeping operations and collective security measures, di…

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Why Japan’s Defense Deal With the Philippines Is Unique

On February 29, Japan and the Philippines signed a defense equipment transfer agreement, making the Philippines the first Southeast Asian country to sign such an agreement with Japan. Since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his governmentoverhaul…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-ed in The Diplomat on Japan’s Defense Deal with the Philippines

On February 29, Japan and the Philippines signed a defense equipment transfer agreement, making the Philippines the first Southeast Asian country to sign such an agreement with Japan. Read more here.

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-ed in The Diplomat on Japan’s Defense Plan

This week, Admiral Harry J. Harris, Jr, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) commander, made headlines for his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. In the written testimony submitted to the Committee, he articulated his view that China sees…

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The Invisible Achilles’ Heel in Japan’s Defense Plan

This week, Admiral Harry J. Harris, Jr, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) commander, made headlines for his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. In the written testimony submitted to the Committee, he articulated his view that China sees…

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Japan’s Emperor Visits the Philippines: Major Takeaways

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko made a state visit to the Philippines from January 26 to 30, 2016. It was the first official visit by the Japanese emperor and empress to Southeast Asia. The imperial visit has attracted attention…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Asia Society on Japan’s Pacifism

Last September, Japan’s parliament introduced new laws that would allow for a broader interpretation of Article 9, a clause in the country’s constitution that strictly limits military action to self defense. The changes were met with protest both domes…

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Japan As A “Peace Enabler”: Views From The Next Generation

At the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Japan stands at an important juncture to reflect its postwar development as a peace-loving nation.  As Japan reaffirms its pledge to continue to augment its contribution to international pea…

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In Okinawa, a Phantom Victory for the Abe Administration

On January 24, a critical election took place in Okinawa. In the city of Ginowan, where U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma is located, two candidates fought for the mayorship. In the end, the incumbent Atsushi Sakima who called…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-ed in The Diplomat on Abe’s Victory in Okinawa

On January 24, a critical election took place in Okinawa. In the city of Ginowan, where U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma is located, two candidates fought for the mayorship. In the end, the incumbent Atsushi Sakima who called…

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North Korea’s Nuclear Test: The Fallout For Japan

By Yuki Tatsumi:  On January 6, North Korea announced that it had conducted its fourth nuclear test. Its state media broadcast a statement signed by Kim Jong-un that celebrated “opening the year with exciting noise of the first hydrogen bomb.” If…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in NK News on Comfort Women agreement

Last week’s agreement between South Korea and Japan on compensating survivors of the Comfort Women system has been hailed as a diplomatic triumph, a way to mend Seoul-Tokyo ties while addressing the claims of the surviving victims. -snip- But Yuki…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-Ed In The Diplomat On South Korea-Japan Agreement On Comfort Women

On December 28, Japan and South Korea reached an agreement on how to address so-called “comfort women” issue.  While the implementation of the agreement will be the key, this agreement is extremely important in preventing the issue from…

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Japan, South Korea Reach Agreement on ‘Comfort Women’

The agreement could provide a long-awaited breakthrough in Japan-Korea ties. On December 28, Japan and South Korea reached an agreement on how to address so-called “comfort women” issue.  While the implementation of the agreement will be…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-Ed In The Diplomat On Abe’s Visit To India

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 12. As Abe concluded his short two-day visit to India the end of their meeting, the two leaders issued Japan-India Vision 2025 Special Strategic and Global…

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Abe’s Visit Takes Japan-India Security Relations to the Next Level

India-Japan security relations have flourished since Abe’s first term in office. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 12. As Abe concluded his short two-day visit to India the end of their meeting,…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-Ed In The Diplomat On Japan-Australia Relations

On November 22, the Sixth Japan-Australia 2+2 Foreign and Defense Ministerial Consultation took place in Sydney.  The Joint Communique, issued following the meeting, emphasized the relationship as a “special strategic partnership” that is “ba…

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Japan-Australia Relations: Beyond the ‘2+2’

Japan and Australia created a new framework for defense cooperation. Now comes the hard part: actually cooperating. On November 22, the Sixth Japan-Australia 2+2 Foreign and Defense Ministerial Consultation took place in Sydney.  The Joint Co…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-Ed in Policy Forum on Japan & Australia

When it comes to Japan’s bid to build Australia’s new submarines, anticipation mounts. Australia’s selection of its Collins-Class submarines replacement is entering a critical phase, as the current end-November deadline for finalising the bid for the C…

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How Can Japan Improve Its Relations With China and South Korea?

On November 1, the leaders of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea (ROK) met for a highly anticipated trilateral summit in Seoul for the first time in three years. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and ROK Pre…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in South China Morning Post on China-Japan Talks

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected meet this evening for talks after the trilateral summit in Seoul. Staff are busy setting up the conference room in the Shilla Hotel, where the Chinese delegation is staying….

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Japan’s bid to build Australia’s submarines

Japan’s entry into the international arms export market has been a steep learning curve for the country When it comes to Japan’s bid to build Australia’s new submarines, anticipation mounts. Australia’s selection of its Collins-Class submarines replace…

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The South China Sea: A Test for Japan’s ‘Proactive Contribution to Peace’

It’s turned out to be an eventful week for the South China Sea. On October 26, the USS Lassen conducted a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) within 12 nautical miles of an artificial land feature that China has reclaimed and be…

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Don’t Expect Too Much of Japan’s Defense Reforms

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government passed their security bills on September 20, despite strong opposition and anxiety expressed by the public. The United States should welcome the changes,  this is an important step forward for Japa…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s co-written Op-ed in The Diplomat on Japan’s Defense Policy

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government passed their security bills on September 20, despite strong opposition and anxiety expressed by the public. The United States should welcome the changes,  this is an important step forward for Japa…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-Ed In The Diplomat On Japan’s Defense Industry

On October 1, 2015, the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD) implemented a major reorganization. The reorganization effort focuses on streamlining a policy- and decision-making processes on two of its key functions — operation of the Japan Self-Defense For…

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Japan Wants To Streamline Its Defense Industry

On October 1, 2015, the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD) implemented a major reorganization. The reorganization effort focuses on streamlining a policy- and decision-making processes on two of its key functions — operation of the Japan Self-Defense For…

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Japan’s ‘Proactive Contribution to Peace’: Beyond Development Aid

On the eve of his speech at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe contributed an op-ed piece to CNN.  In the piece entitled, “Lessons learned for a better world,” Abe explained that Japan has extended as…

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Security legislation points to a bigger problem

Recently, I had dinner with an old friend visiting Washington from Japan. In the course of our conversation, we got to the subject of Japan’s security legislation. We both knew that we stood on the opposite side of the debate — he was against the bill…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-ed in Japan News on Japan’s security legislation

Recently, I had dinner with an old friend visiting Washington from Japan. In the course of our conversation, we got to the subject of Japan’s security legislation. We both knew that we stood on the opposite side of the debate — he was against the bill…

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The Democratic Party of Japan: The Beginning of the End?

The highly contentious deliberation on the security legislation in Japan has entered a final stage. A strong sense of frustration prevails among Japanese public. An opinion poll conducted by the Asahi Shimbun on September 12-13 shows tha…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-Ed in The Diplomat on Japan

The highly contentious deliberation on the security legislation in Japan has entered a final stage. A strong sense of frustration prevails among Japanese public. An opinion poll conducted by the Asahi Shimbun on September 12-13 shows tha…

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Stimson’s “Voices from Japan” event cited in The Diplomat

Japan has grown increasingly wary of Russian provocations directed against it, Japan’s ex-defense minister told an audience at a Washington, D.C.-based think tank Wednesday. Since Japan’s support of sanctions against Russia last year following Moscow’s…

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Yuki Tatsumi interviewed in U.S. News & World Report on Japan

Japan’s armed forces provoke a range of emotions. Founded in the nation’s brutal inherited history with China and South Korea, its more-recent desire to match the military might of its modern economic peers sharply juxtaposes with lessons taught in sch…

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Diplomat on Japan

On August 31, the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD) released its defense budget request for Fiscal Year 2016. Having been submitted to the Ministry of Finance, the budget will be finalized by December. Immediately after the announcement, some media…

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Japan’s New Defense Budget: Fact Vs Fiction

On August 31, the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD)released its defense budget request for Fiscal Year 2016. Having been submitted to the Ministry of Finance, the budget will be finalized by December. Immediately after the announcement, some media …

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Diplomat on Japan and Korea

Tension has been on the rise on the Korean Peninsula this month. Two South Korean border patrol troops were severely injured by landmines laid by North Korea earlier this month. South Korea responded by resuming propaganda broadcasts toward the North,…

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Japan Can’t Ignore Rising Tensions in Korea

Tension has been on the rise on the Korean Peninsula this month. Two South Korean border patrol troops were severely injured by landmines laid by North Korea earlier this month. South Korea responded by resuming propaganda broadcasts toward the North,…

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Why You Should Listen to What Japan’s Emperor Says on August 15

On the eve of August 14, the eyes of the world are on what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will (and will not) say in the statement he is expected to issue to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. However, what we will hear from Japane…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in The Straits Times on Japan’s Prime Minister

Though Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement has “something for everyone”, experts in the US said appeasing Japan’s Asian neighbours would not be simple. -snip- Ms Yuki Tatsumi, senior associate of the East Asia Programme at Stimson Centr…

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Diplomat on Japan’s Emperor

On the eve of August 14, the eyes of the world are on what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will (and will not) say in the statement he is expected to issue to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. However, what we will hear from Japane…

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Yuki Tatsumi interviewed on NPR On Point on 70 Years after WWII

Seventy years after Japan’s World War II surrender, Japan is making moves to give its military more room to fight again. We’ll look at what that could mean in Asia and beyond. Listen to this interview here.

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Japan History Commission Acknowledges ‘Aggression,’ Lessons Learned from WW2

On August 6, just as Japan mourned the lives lost in Hiroshima in the world’s first atomic bombing and reaffirmed its commitment to a nuclear-free world, the Advisory Panel on the History of the 20th Century and on Japan’s Role and World Order in the 2…

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Diplomat on Shinzo Abe’s use of the Murayama Statement

This month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to issue a statement to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. For the last several months, media both inside and outside Japan have been intensely speculating as to what he will a…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Capital on Japanese politics (Bulgarian)

Сряда, 15 юли, долната камара на японската Диета (парламент). Политици от опозиционната партия, държащи антивоенни плакати, са заобиколили председателя на комисията по сигурността и скандират: “Не на войната!” На площада отвън около 60 хил. души им при…

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Japan avoiding reality in security debate

With Japan’s House of Representatives passing a legislative package that is critical for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s national security agenda, the bills now go to the House of Councillors for consideration and a vote. There is little doubt that the bil…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on Japanese military division

For the first time in 70 years, Japan, a pacifist nation, will send its soldiers to fight overseas. -snip- But, as Yuki Tatsumi of the Stimson Center warns, “The division within Japan will remain long after the legislation is enacted, and is likely to…

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Japan News on the future of Japan’s national security policy

With Japan’s House of Representatives passing a legislative package that is critical for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s national security agenda, the bills now go to the House of Councillors for consideration and a vote. There is little doubt that the bil…

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Great Expectations During Japan Military Chief’s US Visit

Between July 12-19, Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, the Japan Self-Defense Forces’ (JSDF) chief of Joint Staff, visited the United States at the official invitation of his U.S. counterpart, General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. D…

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Diplomat on US-Japan alliance

Between July 12-19, Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, the Japan Self-Defense Forces’ (JSDF) chief of Joint Staff, visited the United States at the official invitation of his U.S. counterpart, General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. D…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in The Straits Times on Japan’s new security laws

The United States will likely welcome the change in the Japanese security laws as it seeks stronger military partners in the region, Washington analysts said. But they added there are now concerns about how Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing…

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Diplomat on Japan’s new security legislation

On July 16, Japan’s House of Representatives (Lower House) passed a legislative package that is critical for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s national security agenda. The bill now goes to its House of Councillors (Upper House) for consideration and vote. T…

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Japan’s New Security Legislation: A Missed Opportunity

On July 16, Japan’s House of Representatives (Lower House) passed a legislative package that is critical for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s national security agenda. The bill now goes to its House of Councillors (Upper House) for consideration and vote. T…

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Diplomat on the Okinawa dilemma

On June 23, a memorial ceremony to remember the civilians whose lives were lost in the Battle of Okinawa was held in Naha. While the ceremony was supposed to be a day of remembrance, this year’s ceremony impressed the seriousness of the problem Prime M…

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The Emerging Japan-Philippines Security Partnership

President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines visited Japan from June 2-5. During his visit, he attended a dinner hosted by Emperor Akihito, delivered a speech at the Japanese Diet, and met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet. His visit — and what…

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Diplomat on Japanese Defense reforms

During his address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in April, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talked about the national security legislation package that his government was then about to introduce to the Diet. He explained that this legislati…

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Diplomat on the Emerging Japan-Philippines Security Partnership

President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines visited Japan from June 2-5. During his visit, he attended a dinner hosted by Emperor Akihito, delivered a speech at the Japanese Diet, and met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet. His visit – and what…

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To Fight Terror, Japan Must Fix Its Intelligence Apparatus

On May 29, the Japanese government decided on a number of measures that aim to enhance its counter-terrorism efforts. A special task force on counter-terrorism headed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshhide Suga laid out the wide-ranging effortsthat J…

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi in The Diplomat on Japanese counter-terrorism intelligence

On May 29, the Japanese government decided on a number of measures that aim to enhance its counter-terrorism efforts. A special task force on counter-terrorism headed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshhide Suga laid out the wide-ranging efforts that Japan…

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What Japan’s ‘Proactive Contribution To Peace’ Looks Like In Nepal

On April 25, Nepal was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Less than a month later, a second, 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck on May 12, followed (as the first quake had been) by numerous aftershocks. As of Sunday, May 17, Nepal’s Home Ministry has…

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Op-ed by Yuki Tatsumi and Hana Rudolph in The Diplomat on Japan’s Reaction to Nepal

On April 25, Nepal was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Less than a month later, a second, 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck on May 12, followed (as the first quake had been) by numerous aftershocks. As of Sunday, May 17, Nepal’s Home Ministry has…

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The Japanese Defense Reform No One Is Talking About

On May 14, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved a set of legislative packages that would change the operational parameters of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). During a press conference held on the same day, Abe explained that the…

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Japan must deliver under new defense rules

The new Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation, announced on April 27, have been celebrated by many as something “historic.” The U.S.-Japan Joint Vision Statement, issued following the meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Pri…

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Stop Obsessing Over Abe’s Congressional Speech

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concluded his U.S. visit and returned to Japan on May 6.  During his stay, he visited four cities — Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco. At each stop, he had at least one major event that was u…

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Yuki Tatsumi Quoted In Washington Examiner On The Trans-Pacific Partnership

President Obama is rolling out the red carpet for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday, hoping the visit will help revive his Asia pivot and push a massive new trade pact over the finish line in Congress.   -snip-   “[Abe] is very adama…

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4 Takeaways From the New US-Japan Defense Guidelines

On April 27, the United States and Japan released the new Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation. The document, originally created in 1979 to set the parameters for the cooperation between the U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) i…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s op-ed in The Diplomat on Abe’s Visit

On April 22, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke at the Asian-African Conference commemorating the original “Bandung Conference.” In the speech, he discussed Japan’s strong commitment to upholding widely-accepted international principles such…

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Is This What Shinzo Abe Will Say in Washington Next Week?

On April 22, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke at the Asian-African Conference commemorating the original “Bandung Conference.” In the speech, he discussed Japan’s strong commitment to upholding widely-accepted international principles such…

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Congressional Speech, The Key To Abe’s Visit To US

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the United States from April 26 to May 3. In addition to visiting Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Abe will stay in Washington, D.C., from April 27 to 29. While in Washington, he will have a summit meeting wit…

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US-Japan-Australia Security Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges

The Asia-Pacific region is undergoing dynamic power shifts and witnessing new and emerging security threats. In the midst of this dynamic, the United States has realized the potential for “mini-lateral” security cooperation, which complements the exist…

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Japan’s Global Diplomacy

In February 2013, two months after his inauguration, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared in Washington, DC, “Japan is not, and never will be, a tier-two country. I am back and so shall Japan be.” In the two years since, Abe has worked to fulfil…

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Obama’s Strategy Poses Challenge For Japan

On Feb. 6, U.S. President Barack Obama issued his administration’s second National Security Strategy. The document was released without much fanfare — after all, a strategy document by the U.S. administration that is halfway into its second (and last)…

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Obama’s Foreign Policy Efforts Meet Reality At Home

On Nov.24, U.S. President Barack Obama announced the resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. When Hagel’s successor will be named is uncertain. Former Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy, who was rumored to be the top contender for the…

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Can Japan’s National Security Strategy outlive Abe?

On 17 December 2013, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued Japan’s first National Security Strategy (NSS). The document declares that Japan will make a more ‘proactive contribution to peace’ based on the principle of international cooperation. It also outli…

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed in E-International Relations on Abe and Xi Jinping meeting

On November 10, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Chinese President Xi Jinping met at the sideline of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing. This was the first time the two leaders had met since Abe returned to pow…

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Abe (Finally) Meets Xi: A Step towards Stabilization of Japan-China Relations?

On November 10, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Chinese President Xi Jinping met at the sideline of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing. This was the first time the two leaders had met since Abe returned to pow…

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GOP Congress an Opportunity for Japan?

On Nov. 4, American voters spoke out. They expressed their immense frustration on the state of the union by handing a landslide victory to the Republican Party. At the time of this writing, the Republican Party has secured 243 seats in the House of Rep…

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed in The Japan News on GOP Congress

On Nov. 4, American voters spoke out. They expressed their immense frustration on the state of the union by handing a landslide victory to the Republican Party. At the time of this writing, the Republican Party has secured 243 seats in the House of Rep…

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Understanding China and Japan’s Four Point Consensus: A Step Forward For Stabilizing Relations

This is the first entry in a series of two essays analyzing the outcomes of the Japan-China Summit held on the sideline of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit this month in Beijing. The Japan-China Summit held at the sideline of the Asia-Pacific E…

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Can Abe Walk His ‘Proactive Peace’ talk?

When Shinzo Abe returned to office as the prime minister of Japan in December 2012, he spoke of his determination to keep Japan internationally engaged. In a speech he delivered during his trip to Washington in February 2013, Abe vowed that Japan will…

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VIDEO: Yuki Tatsumi joins a C-SPAN panel on South Korea-Japan issues

South Korea-Japan Issues Panelists talked about some of the unresolved historical issues between South Korea and Japan, including Japan’s occupation of Korea from 1910-1945. “South Korea-Japan Tensions Undermine Allied Security Interests” was a panel o…

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Change in collective self-defense must be meaningful

Discussions on revising the current interpretation of Article 9 of Constitution are intensifying. In May 2014, the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security issued a report arguing that Article 9 of the Constitution does not proh…

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Yuki Tatsumi op-ed on the aftermath of Obama’s Asia trip published by Political Studies Association

Between April 23-25, 2014, President Obama visited Japan and South Korea, the US’ key allies in Northeast Asia. It was fair to say that the visits were uneventful; no big announcements and no groundbreaking policy speeches. Usually, no news is good new…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s op-ed assessing President Obama’s Asian tour is published in The Japan News

On Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama finished his four-country Asia trip. The trip was evenly divided between Northeast Asia (Japan and South Korea) and Southeast Asia (Malaysia and the Philippines). With the exception of a new 10-year bilateral def…

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Obama’s “reactive” Asia trip

Between April 23-25, 2014, President Obama visited Japan and South Korea, the US’ key allies in Northeast Asia.   It was fair to say that the visits were uneventful; no big announcements and no groundbreaking policy speeches. Usually, no news…

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Yuki Tatsumi quoted in Bloomberg on China Reaction to US-Japan Alliance

Japan and the U.S bolstered their strategic alliance for the first time in almost two decades as they seek to respond to China’s increasingly assertive posturing in the Asia-Pacific region. -snip- While China is sure to protest the strengthening of the…

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Obama’s Asia Trip: Manifestation Of Its Own Limits

On Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama finished his four-country Asia trip. The trip was evenly divided between Northeast Asia (Japan and South Korea) and Southeast Asia (Malaysia and the Philippines). With the exception of a new 10-year bilateral def…

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Yuki Tatsumi appeared on France24 to discuss the US “Asia pivot” as Obama visits Asia (video)

Perhaps Washington’s European and Middle Eastern allies needn’t have worried about being forgotten in the US “Asia pivot”. If anything, the Asia pivot itself has been overshadowed by the Arab Spring and Ukraine. Obama barely mentioned it in his last St…

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Obama’s Visit To Japan: Changing Perceptions Is Key To Success

President Barack Obama will visit Tokyo as the first stop of his Asia trip later this week. In his brief, two-day visit, he will meet with Prime Minister Abe to engage in a wide-ranging discussion, including regional security concerns and the Trans-Pac…

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Yuki Tatsumi responds to what Obama should say about China in Japan in ChinaFile

During his visit to Tokyo later this week, President Obama needs to strike a careful balance. His message in Tokyo needs to be two-fold: he needs to reassure Japan, but he also needs to encourage Japan to look for any opening for high-level diplomatic…

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Abe must reestablish trust with Obama

On March 25, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a trilateral summit with U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye in The Hague. It did not lead to a breakthrough in the tension between Abe and Park. Nonetheless, this trilateral s…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s op-ed on the Obama administration’s strategy in Asia is published in The Hill

In late April, President Obama visits Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia. He should make this trip an “assurance tour,” focusing on convincing Asian allies and partners of his administration’s unwavering commitment to peace and stability…

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Obama’s Asia trip: Assurance is the key

In late April, President Obama visits Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia. He should make this trip an “assurance tour,” focusing on convincing Asian allies and partners of his administration’s unwavering commitment to peace and stability…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s column on Japan’s diplomatic strategy between US is published in The Japan News

On March 25, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a trilateral summit with US President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye in The Hague. It did not lead to a breakthrough in the tension between Abe and Park. Nonetheless, this trilateral sum…

Japan’s challenges in East Asia: Views from the next generation

The Stimson Center’s newest publication Japan’s Challenges in East Asia: Views from the Next Generation offers a collection of policy briefs on Japan’s key policy challenges in East Asia – its relations with China, South Korea, North Korea an…

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Japan’s Foreign Policy Challenges in East Asia: Views from the Next Generation

This book of essays, written by four Japanese policy analysts, take a close look at the challenges Japan faces in the coming years. The topics covered in this volume – Japan’s relations with China, South Korea, North Korea and Southeast Asia – are all…

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Latest Stimson publication features new analysis of Japan’s foreign policy challenges

A new book of essays written by four Japanese policy analysts take a close look at the challenges Japan faces in the coming years. The topics covered in this volume – Japan’s relations with China, South Korea, North Korea and Southeast Asia – are all i…

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The myth of pro-Japan Republicans

On February 12, the White House announced that President Obama will visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April. The announcement prompted Japanese media to question what the decision to add Seoul to Obama’s tour means for Japa…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s op-ed on US-Japan relations is published in The Japan News

On February 12, the White House announced that President Obama will visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April. The announcement prompted Japanese media to question what the decision to add Seoul to Obama’s tour means for Japa…

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Abe’s Yasukuni visit lost in translation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Yasukuni Shrine on Dec. 26. As expected, China and the Republic of Korea harshly criticized him. In the United States, the media was also critical. The New York Times published an editorial on Dec. 26 criticizing Abe’s…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s op-ed on Japan PM Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine is published in the Japan News

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Yasukuni Shrine on Dec. 26. As expected, China and the Republic of Korea harshly criticized him. In the United States, the media was also critical. The New York Times published an editorial on Dec. 26 criticizing Abe’s…

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Opportunity Out of Necessity

Defense spending cuts are inevitable in the US. However, Washington must be extremely careful in managing its relationship with its allies in the Asia-Pacific region, while it debates spending cuts at home.  If managed poorly, the debate over…

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Yuki Tatsumi is interviewed on CNN on the Japan PM’s controversial visit to a war shrine (video)

CNNi talks to East Asia expert Yuki Tatsumi about Japanese PM’s Shinzo Abe’s visit to a controversial war shrine. To watch the interview, click here.

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Japan Must Keep Cool Head Over China’s ADIZ

One week has passed since U.S. Vice President Joe Biden completed his visit to Japan, China and South Korea. Despite his original intention to use the trip to reaffirm the Obama administration’s commitment to rebalancing U.S. policy regarding the Asia-…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s op-ed on China’s Air Defense ID Zone is published in The Japan News

One week has passed since U.S. Vice President Joe Biden completed his visit to Japan, China and South Korea. Despite his original intention to use the trip to reaffirm the Obama administration’s commitment to rebalancing U.S. policy regarding the Asia-…

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Poor Japan-ROK relations challenge for U.S.

At a recent conference on the U.S.-South Korea alliance in Washington, a former senior official of the Obama administration used the word “painful” to describe the U.S. perspective on the recent strain in Japan-South Korea relations. While carefully av…

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Japan’s Wartime Behavior Still Complicates Relations With Asian Neighbors

Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, the “history issue” still comes between Japan and the countries in Asia that it invaded, hindering efforts at reconciliation. For example, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently angered South Korea an…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s op-ed is published by the International Business Times

Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, the “history issue” still comes between Japan and the countries in Asia that it invaded, hindering efforts at reconciliation. For example, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently angered South Korea an…

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Yuki Tatsumi in Asia Times: No more pie-in-the-sky on US-Japan ties

On October 3, the United States and Japan held the Security Consultative Committee (SCC) meeting, often referred to as “two-plus-two” because it includes the US secretaries of state and defense and Japan’s foreign and defense ministers, in Tokyo. The j…

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No More Pie-In-The-Sky On US-Japan Ties

This Op-Ed was originally published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum By Yuki Tatsumi – On October 3, the United States and Japan held the Security Consultative Committee (SCC) meeting, often referred to as “two-plus-t…

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Yuki Tatsumi on China Central Television America: Japan-Russia Defense Talks

Territorial disputes discussed between Japanese and Russian ministers For analysis on the defense talks between Japan and Russia, anchor Anand Naidoo sits down with Yuki Tatsumi from the Stimson Center. To watch the full interview, click here. 

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Voices from Japan: Vision for Japan’s Future

“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 chal…

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Extended Deterrence and Strategic Stability in Northeast Asia

Stimson’s event on nuclear deterrence in northeast Asia was covered by C-SPAN. The panelists examined the simultaneous emergence of a nuclear-armed North Korea and a China that is modernizing and diversifying its nuclear posture, as well as extended de…

Extended Deterrence and Strategic Stability in Northeast Asia

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 manage…

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Senkaku Islands/East China Sea Disputes — A Japanese Perspective

This paper was originally prepared for a report presented at the Center for Naval Analyses April 11 workshop. This workshop report presents an overview of the issues discussed and the papers contributed by individual panelists who are recognized expert…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s op-ed on the choices facing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is published in IBT

With his newly won parliamentary majority in both houses of the Diet, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces an important choice. Will he govern as a pragmatist working to improve Japan’s economy? Or will he govern as a nationalist who engages in ter…

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Big Choices Face Japan’s Prime Minister

With his newly won parliamentary majority in both houses of the Diet, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces an important choice. Will he govern as a pragmatist working to improve Japan’s economy? Or will he govern as a nationalist who engages in ter…

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Yuki Tatsumi is interviewed on NPR’s “On Point” on Japan’s political and economic prospects

Put yourself in Japan’s shoes for a minute. You had a great run building cars and Walkmen. Grabbed the American market. Got incredibly rich. Then here comes China, eating your lunch in manufacturing. Getting pushy in the neighborhood. But your constitu…

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Yuki Tatsumi is interviewed on CCTV’s Biz Asia America program (China) on Shinzo Abe

Yuki Tatsumi discusses Japan’s economic prospects in the wake of his newly won parliamentary victory in both houses of the Diet. To watch the full interview, click here. (Interview starts at 22:45)

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Yuki Tatsumi is interviewed on Al Jazeera on Japan’s economic prospects

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition has won a solid majority in upper house elections. The bloc now has control of both chambers, handing Abe a strong mandate to press ahead with economic reforms. -snip- “The public did not give…

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Has Japan’s DPRK Policy Reached A Dead End?

On February 12 2013, North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test. In response, the United Nation’s Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2094 and imposed additional economic and financial sanctions against Pyongyang. Still, North Korea r…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s article on Japan’s policy toward North Korea featured at 38 North

On February 12 2013, North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test. In response, the United Nation’s Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2094 and imposed additional economic and financial sanctions against Pyongyang. Still, North Korea r…

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Yuki Tatsumi appears on The PBS Newshour

Yuki Tatsumi appears on The PBS Newshour on the aftermath of the 2011 earthquate and tsunami. For video and transcript of the interview please click_here.

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Yuki Tatsumi discusses Shinzo Abe’s Second term on CCTV

Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Associate and the director of the Japan project, was recently featured on the news network channel China Central Television (CCTV), and discussed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Washington DC to meet with President Barack Obam…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s article on the DPJ is featured in the Harvard International Review

Yuki Tatsumi’s article, “Japan under DPJ Rule,” was featured in the January 31st issue of the Harvard International review. “The ascendance of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) on August 2009 was praised as the first genuine power transition in Japan…

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Japan under DPJ Rule

The ascendance of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) on August 2009 was praised as the first genuine power transition in Japan’s postwar history. However, there were just as many—or more—who were anxious about the new DPJ-led Japanese government’s cap…

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Japan chose a new leader: what can we expect from Shinzo Abe?

Japanese voters have spoken.  On December 16, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won 294 out of 480 seats in the House of Representatives (Lower House) election and marked a resounding victory over the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), ending its t…

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Great Eastern Japan Earthquake: “Lessons Learned” for Japanese Defense Policy

The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (GEJE) on March 11, 2011 was the worst disaster in the nation’s recorded history.  The triple combination of an earthquake, tsunami, and meltdown of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station dealt a severe blo…

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Yuki Tatsumi publishes an article on Shinzo Abe’s Second Chance

This article was published in the CSIS Japan Chair Platform.  Please click here to read the entire article. After three long years as the opposition party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has reelected Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe…

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Shinzo Abe Gets a Second Chance: What Is in Store for Him?

On September 26, 2012, Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chose former prime minister Shinzo Abe to succeed Sadakazu Tanigaki as its leader. Abe, who stepped down from the premiership in the summer of 2007 following a loss in the Upper House electi…

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Yuki Tatsumi publishes an article on the Deployment of Ospreys and its impact on US-Japan relations

This article was published in the National Interest.  To read the actual article, please click here… Okinawans have long opposed the US military presence in Futenma, and plans to deploy the hybrid helicopter-plane MV-22 Osprey to…

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U.S.-Japanese Tensions Flare

U.S. Marines in an MV-22 Osprey.U.S. Marine Corps plans to deploy the hybrid helicopter-plane MV-22 Osprey to the air station in Futenma, Okinawa, have cast a considerable shadow over the Japan-U.S. alliance in recent months. At the center of the contr…

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Japan-China Relations: What Now?

Tension is quickly rising in Japan-China relations following the Japanese government’s decision to nationalize the Senkaku Islands (known in China as Diaoyutai) on September 11, 2012. China sent a total of six maritime surveillance ships to the waters…

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Yuki Tatsumi co-writes an article on Japan-ROK Security Relations

This article was published by The Japan Times Online on August 1, 2012.  To read the entire article, please click here. The trilateral joint naval exercises conducted by Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United States on June 22…

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Yuki Tatsumi publishes an article on the DPRK Deadlock & the Implications for the US-Japan relation

The article was published by 38 North on July 9, 2012.  To read the entire article, please click here. As North Korea continues to defy the international community, there is a growing concern that the DPRK may never give up on its n…

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DPRK Deadlock: Implications for the Future of US-Japan Defense Cooperation

It has been nearly four years since the Six Party Talks last took place. Since then, the North Korean nuclear problem has been essentially at a standstill. While some had hoped for a resumption of the Talks when the United States and DPRK reached the F…

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Maintaining Japan’s Non-Nuclear Identity: The Role of U.S. Security Assurances

Excerpt from “Maintaining Japan’s Non-Nuclear Identity: The Role of U.S. Security Assurances” by Yuki Tatsumi, Chapter 7 in Security Assurances and Nuclear Nonproliferation, edited by Jeffrey Knopf (Stanford Security Studies, July 2012). Japan has a un…

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Yuki Tatsumi publishes an article on the Security Consultative Committee’s Joint Statement

The US and Japan Make a Good Step Forward, for Now This article was originally published in PacNet Newsletter on May 3, 2012.  This is her expert analysis, reprinted with permission from the Pacific Forum/CSIS.  Just before Japanese Prime Min…

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Past Japan Visiting Fellows

  Year Name Affiliation Research Topic 2018 Col. Mitsuhiko Shintaku JASDF Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation with Southeast Asia: Improving Air Domain Awareness Capability 2018 Col. Tomoaki Endo JGCSF Cooperative Competition: Japan-U.S. Security Coope…

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The New Nuclear Agenda: Prospects for US-Japan Cooperation

The accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station demonstrated quite dramatically the national security risk that civil nuclear power stations can present, and has led to reflections in many countries around the world about the long-term pro…

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Future of the US Marines in Okinawa — long-term risks for short-term gain?

Last week’s agreement separates these three elements.  Now, the US government will seek the move of some US Marines in Okinawa to Guam regardless of progress (or lack thereof) in FRF construction. Meanwhile, the Japanese government will continue t…

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Viewpoint: Japan plant – who is in charge?

Despite efforts by Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (Tepco) engineers, the Self-Defence Forces, police and firemen, conditions there appear to have grown steadily worse. On 1 April, Prime Minister Naoto Kan admitted that the plant had not yet been “suffi…

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North Korea: Challenge for the US-Japan Alliance

North Korea continues to pose security and diplomatic challenges, affecting Northeast Asia most of all. For the United States and Japan, managing differences over appropriate policy toward Pyongyang has been one of the diplomatic challenges betwee…

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The Role of the Japan Self-Defense Forces in the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake

By Yuki Tatsumi – The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (higashi nihon dai shinsai) that hit Japan on March 11 was the greatest natural disaster in Japan’s recorded history.  At the time of this writing, the northeastern and eastern parts of Japan’s…

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Nakaima Wins in Okinawa: Implications for the US-Japan Alliance

On November 28, Hirokazu Nakaima, the incumbent governor of Okinawa, won re-election after a very tight competition with his opponent Shoichi Iha, former mayor of Ginowan City. His victory is a sliver of hope for the US and Japanese governments as they…

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Yuki Tatsumi Op-Ed In East Asia Forum On Japan’s National Security Strategy

On 17 December 2013, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued Japan’s first National Security Strategy (NSS). The document declares that Japan will make a more ‘proactive contribution to peace’ based on the principle of international cooperation. It also outli…

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Yuki Tatsumi’s Op-Ed Cited In The Strategist On Japan’s National Security Strategy

‘The warrior ethos is at risk!’ Headlining today’s round-up is a speech by the US Army’s Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster at a Veterans Day ceremony. Specifically, it’s worth reading the second half, which discusses the importance of the…

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Troubles in the Ministry of Defense of Japan: Implications For the U.S.-Japan Alliance

  There have been several recent developments that are positive for the U.S.-Japan alliance. The two countries successfully conducted Japan’s ballistic missile defense (BMD) test in Hawaii last month. On January 11, the new Replenishment Support S…

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US-Japan-Australia Security Cooperation: Prospects And Challenges

Yuki Tatsumi and Hana Rudolph:  The Asia-Pacific region is undergoing dynamic power shifts and witnessing new and emerging security threats. In the midst of this dynamic, the United States has realized the potential for “mini-lateral” security coo…

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Koizumi’s Gamble and its Impact on the US-Japan Alliance

  In this analysis, which originally appeared in the Pacific Form CSIS’s publication Pacnet Newsletter, Tatsumi argues that Koizumi’s political gamble, signified by the dissolution of the Lower House, will have profound implications for Japanese p…

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The Future of the US-Japan Alliance

  In this commentary, published on February 23, 2005 in CSIS Japan Watch, Yuki Tatsumi questions the prevailing optimism that surrounds the US-Japan alliance and identifies potential challenges for the sustainability of the alliance….

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Japan’s First Step Toward a National Security Strategy

  In the fall of 2004, the Council on Defense Capability and Security (more commonly known as the Araki Commission in the United States) released its fiinal report that called for Japan to take a more proactive security policy.  Yuki Tatsumi…

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Japan’s National Security Policy Infrastructure

The publication launch was hosted by the Stimson Center on November 7, 2008. Japan’s National Security Policy Infrastructure: Can Tokyo Meet Washington’s Expectation? is available for purchase online. The United States and Japan have been celebrating a…

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Strategic Yet Strained: US Force Realignment in Japan and its Effects on Okinawa

Strategic Yet Strained aims to analyze the broad set of issues that the US–Japan alliance faces as it tries to adjust to the post-9/11 strategic environment—and thereby maintain its relevance as the foundation of peace and stability in the Asia–Pacific…

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Japan’s New Defense Establishment: Institutions, Capabilities and Implications

Japan’s New Defense Establishment: Institutions, Capabilities and Implications traces the evolution of Japanese defense and security policy and implications for the geopolitical environment in East Asia. The contributors to the volume- Yuki Tatsumi (Re…

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Japan Must Deliver Under New Defense Rules

By Yuki Tatsumi:  The new Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation, announced on April 27, have been celebrated by many as something “historic.” The U.S.-Japan Joint Vision Statement, issued following the meeting between U.S. President Barack…

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Global Security Watch Japan

Excerpt from Global Security Watch Japan, by Andrew L. Oros and Yuki Tatsumi (Praeger, September 2010). Japan faces no shortage of substantial security challenges today. Its neighborhood is characterized by tense standoffs over the divided states…

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Japan’s Drift And Its Implications For The US-Japan Alliance

This article originally appeared in PacNet Newsletter published by CSIS/Pacific Forum on July 23, 2010. In the House of Councillors (Upper House) election on July 11, the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) suffered a defeat. Missing the goal set by…

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The Defense Policy Review Initiative: a reflection

by Yuki Tatsumi This piece originally appeared in PacNet Newsletter, distributed by Pacific Forum/CSIS on April 27, 2006.    At the end of 2002, the United States and Japan launched an ambitious initiative to transform the US-Japan allia…

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“Comfort Women” Controversy Cast A Shadow On Japan

By Yuki Tatsumi – On March 1, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, questioned the degree and nature of Japanese government’s involvement in recruiting so-called “comfort women (jugun ianfu)” —women who were forced into sexual slavery—during World War II…

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From The JDA To The MoD—A Step Forward, But Challenges Remain

  This article originally appeared in PacNet Newsletter publised by CSIS/Pacific Forum on January 23, 2007. On Jan. 9, 2007, the Japan Defense Agency (JDA) became the Ministry of Defense (MoD). While this elevation in status was long overdue, form…

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Pragmatism or Nationalism: Shinzo Abe’s Challenge

  This article was contributed to “Japan Now”, an official e-newsletter by the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC on November 16, 2006. A mix of apprehension and expectation greeted Shinzo Abe after he was elected to be the 90th prime minister of…

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Koizumi’s victory-good or bad for Washington?

  Yuki Tatsumi’s analysis appeared on CSIS Japan Watch on September 23, 2005.  An excerpt of that analysis appears below.  On September 11, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi exceeded the world’s expectation by carrying the Liberal Democra…

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Lame Duck Koizumi: What it means for Washington

With more than a full year in his tenure as the prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi is rapidly turning into a lame duck.  Since the Postal Reform Bill passed the Lower House, Koizumi has been openly hinting at the option of resigning and dissolving…

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National Defense Program Outline: A New Security Policy Guidelines or a Mere Wish List?

  In this opinion piece published in CSIS Japan Watch in December 2004, Yuki Tatsumi discusses the notable aspects of Japan’s revised National Defense Program Outline (NDPO) and poses some questions on the feasibility of the defense program that i…

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Confidence-Building Measures and Security Issues in Northeast Asia

This report highlights the range of ways that CBMs can contribute to an improved security environment in Northeast Asia, this collection hopes not only to offer lessons for that sub-region, but also to demonstrate the utility of CBMS more broadly.

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