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Land of the Rising Gun
Land of the Rising Gun
Japan Joins the SCS Party

In addition to sending its own ships, Tokyo will bolster the defenses of Southeast Asian countries.

Land of the Rising Gun
New “Godzilla” Sets Aside Postwar Taboos

Japanese citizens may be thinking about the use of force differently than they have in many years.

Land of the Rising Gun
Why Not Tax Bullets?

The U.S. has had some success in reducing cigarette use, alcohol consumption, and even fuel consumption by increasing taxes on the consumable. Let’s try it with guns.

Land of the Rising Gun
Japan’s Remilitarization is Official

The Japanese Parliament voted in favor of a historic measure to reauthorize overseas military activity on Friday.

Land of the Rising Gun
Japan Abides Abe

Shinzo Abe’s apparent success in pushing through his controversial remilitarization plan tells us something about Japan’s readiness as a society to confront China’s growing power.

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Defense Law Erodes Abe’s Approval Rating

Abe’s military agenda is teetering on the brink of victory, even as the prime minister himself comes uncomfortably close to the brink of defeat.

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China Growls as Remilitarization Plan Passes Japan’s Lower House

Abe’s important but unpopular remilitarization bills have made it through the lower house of Japan’s parliament. The next and last step is the upper house, and things are looking good for the prime minister.

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This Is It: Japan’s Ruling LDP Readies Militarism Bills

It’s all been building up to this: two anti-pacifism bills in Japan’s parliament that the ruling party is pushing to vote on before the end of this week. But the Japanese people are staunchly opposed to the bills.

Land of the Rising Gun
Japan Mulls Joining NATO Missile Consortium

Tokyo is weighing signing on with NATO’s SeaSparrow shipborne missile consortium, which among other things would be its first such consortium and would deepen Japanese defense ties with key allies.

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Abe Meets Stiff Resistance to Self-Defense Bill

Even a scholar picked by Japan’s ruling LDP party thinks the party’s collective self-defense bill is unconstitutional.

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Frack Baby Frack

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