Ambassador Kato: What’s At Stake in Allowing Japan a Nuclear Arsenal?

  The continued nuclear and long-range missile threats from North Korea present a good opportunity to think about how Japan should protect itself. Ryozo Kato, veteran diplomat and former Japanese ambassador to the United States, offers his viewpoint.     Discussion of North Korean nuclear capabilities are generally centered on nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic […]

Japan Needs Constitution Change to Have Capabilities to Strike Enemy Bases

Japan’s post-war Constitution   North Korea is acting as if to wake a long-time sleeping lion in Asia—that is, Japan. Pyongyang has rapidly been magnifying its missile and nuclear threat, firing 20 ballistic missiles and conducting one nuclear test this year alone.   Right-wing politicians in Tokyo are claiming Pyongyang is virtually declaring war against […]

Nuclear Arsenal for Deterrence: JCPAC Highlights Japan’s Growing Security Challenges

Many expected North Korea to conduct yet another missile test last December 17, the sixth anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death. Such tests have, rather worryingly, become something of a regular occurrence for Japan, with a North Korean intermediate-range missile passing over Hokkaido in August and September.   Although no such test happened, the United […]

If Japan Doesn’t Go Nuclear, What Are the Options?

  North Korea’s advances in its nuclear and ballistic missile program has drastically altered the security environment confronted by Japan.   Further, Japan is facing the reality that the longstanding post-World War II national defense policy of senshu bouei (strictly defensive only) is becoming irrelevant and obsolete for dealing with the current crisis.   First, […]

Hear This: Royal Australian Navy Has A Role in Ballistic Missile Defense

  The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) commissioned the guided-missile destroyer HMAS Hobart in 2015. The Hobart is equipped with the Aegis combat system, incorporating the state-of-the-art AN/SPY 1D(V) phased-array radar.   Australia plans to acquire a total of three Aegis-equipped ships for fleet air defense. Considering the security environment in the Asia-Pacific region, however, Australia […]