REUTERS/Toru Hanai - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo May 15, 2014.

Opinion

Japan’s Defense Policy Revision – Where is Japan Headed?

August 17, 2014, Jonathan D. Pollack

Last month, Japan’s cabinet made the historic decision to embrace collective self-defense and expand its national security role. Although neighboring states and many Japanese remain skeptical, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe believes that Japan’s changing security position requires a more regionally- and globally-engaged Japan. Jonathan D. Pollack analyzes Abe’s decision, offering insights into why the prime minister has pushed the change and the security implications of this move.

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