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December 4, 2017      On November 29, North Korea’s state-run news media reported that Pyongyang successfully launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) named Hwasong-15 that could s...

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September 4, 2017      Japan’s defense budget request for fiscal 2018 hit a record 5.25 trillion yen. However, the past trend in a Ministry of Defense budget request line graph shows that the requ...

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August 14, 2017      The Ministry of Defense has just published a defense white paper for 2017. Having read the annual report, titled Defense of Japan 2017, I sensed a deviation between Part I “Se...

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July 3, 2017      On June 20, the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee in its markup for FY 2018 national defense authorization act identified Russia’s deployme...

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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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