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June 25, 2018      At a press conference after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, U.S. President Donald Trump offered to suspend U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises as they ar...

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June 4, 2018      Shangri-La Dialogue 2018, an Asian security summit attended by defense ministers and senior military officers, took place in Singapore last weekend. Until two years ago, China ha...

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May 14, 2018      The U.S. government seems willing to adopt the so-called “Libya model” to the denuclearization of North Korea. The model featured foreign intelligence agencies already aware of n...

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April 23, 2018      While Japanese opposition parties and media were focusing on the vice finance minister’s reported sexual harassment and a Self-Defense Forces officer’s insulting remark to an o...

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March 5, 2018      Former Japanese Generals and Admiral participated in a BS Fuji TV program on the modernization of Chinese military on March 1. It was appropriate for the former Grand Self Defen...

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February 13, 2018      The U.S. Trump administration released the National Security Strategy (NSS) in December, the National Defense Strategy (NDS) in January and the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) ...

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January 15, 2018      On January 11, a submarine of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy submerged in a contiguous zone near Taisho Island of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, acco...

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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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