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Land of the Rising Gun
Land of the Rising Gun
Abe Has 2020 Vision on Changing Constitution

But revising Japan’s peace clause remains a divisive proposition.

Land of the Rising Gun
Abe Builds Momentum for First-Strike Capability

Shinzo Abe is not letting the North Korean crisis go to waste.

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Japan Joins the SCS Party

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

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New “Godzilla” Sets Aside Postwar Taboos

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

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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.

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Japan’s Remilitarization is Official

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

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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.

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Department of Can-Kicking

So much for a breakthrough.

The Noose Tightens

As Putin heads to meet French President Emanuel Macron next week, his security services are interrogating a celebrated Cannes-winning director in Moscow.

TPP Post Trump

Picking up the pieces of TPP may be more difficult than many in Asia imagine, leaving China with an attractive opening.

Atrocity in England

Twenty-two people were killed in a bombing at a children’s concert, the deadliest in the UK since the 7/7 bombings.

Seeing a Pattern...

To lose one President to a corruption scandal may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two in a row begins to look like carelessness.

Crude Economics

Iraq isn’t towing the cartel line.

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