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June 12, 2017      On June 6, the U.S. Defense Department published an annual report on “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2017.” Many foreign media took ...

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April 3, 2017      In response to progress in North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile developments, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party recommended the government to study Japan’s possession o...

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March 21, 2017      Media reports said the Science Council of Japan has drafted a statement maintaining a policy of banning military researches at universities and other institutes. In a Speaking ...

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March 13, 2017      On the morning of March 6, North Korea fired four apparent SCUD Extended Range (ER) ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan. I would like to analyze the military meaning of th...

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February 6, 2017      The U.S. Trump administration’s Defense Secretary James Mattis made his first visit to Japan, holding talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada. ...

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January 16, 2017      The New York Times on January 6 carried an editorial titled “No Closure on the ‘Comfort Women.’” The editorial takes a stance that both Japan and South Korea are responsible ...

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December 5, 2016      U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has nominated retired Marine Corps General James N. Mattis as defense secretary. People who know Mattis well describe him as a “complete sch...

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October 24, 2016      Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was to visit Japan from October 25 after being cordially welcomed by Chinese leaders and even declaring a “separation” from the United St...

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August 29, 2016      When I watched the video footage of ballistic missile launch by North Korea from a submarine on August 24, I found white powdery smoke emitted from the missile and suspected t...

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August 8, 2016      As the writer of Part I (World Military Situation) of Japan’s defense white paper for 1987, I would like to comment on this year’s version. The latest defense white paper fails...

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