Amid the increasing threat of despotic regimes, the new Kishida Cabinet must prioritize constitutional reform to establish defense as a core state function.
TIME magazine created controversy with a mismatched headline over Mr Kishida's interview, but the content is less biased, says US affairs expert Yoichi Shimada.
Identifying four priorities for constitutional reform, PM Fumio Kishida asks, "Can we really protect the lives and livelihoods of our citizens" without them?
The public backlash caused by PM Kishida's gift to the Ukraine president of a mere rice paddle is revealing of how most Japanese perceive war.
The new National Security Strategy will likely determine Japan's national security trajectory for at least the next ten years. This is what you need to know.
Finally, the ruling coalition recognizes that, with neighboring countries threatening Japan, acquiring counterstrike capability has long been overdue.
From when I first started covering Abe some 24 years ago until the day of his death, I never saw Abe waver once in his political...
The invasion of Ukraine has changed Japanese mindsets, dashing our illusion of peace when a dictator threatened to blow up a country with nuclear weapons.
Public opinion is swaying in favor of amending Article 9 to recognize the Self Defense Forces, and given the regional threats, the sooner the better.
Potential invaders would face a higher hurdle if Japan has its own military protecting the nation and its people, like other democracies throughout the world.
Choosing the option of surrender over nuclear war is dubious. Such a weak attitude is exactly what a country flashing its nuclear card would want.
After 75 years, Japan should be mature enough as a democracy to have its citizens determine what they want their future to look like.