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  • Assessing Japan’s Diplomacy in 2023

    Japan made great strides towards developing an independent foreign policy, even as it hewed closer to the Global North’s positions on the burning issues of 2023.

    December 21, 2023

    Japan and the Philippines: Towards a Stronger Strategic Partnership

    The Philippines became the first Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member state to sign a defence pact with Japan.

    December 06, 2023

    Fukushima Wastewater Discharge: Japanese and Chinese Public Diplomacy Strategies

    Japan and China are utilising parallel strategies to influence each other and the world over the latest fault-line in their contentious relationship.

    November 03, 2023

    Japan’s Supplementary Defence Budget

    Japan’s new supplementary defence budget focuses on hardware, personnel and bases.

    October 18, 2023

    Nuclear Weapons Use in Japan and the Status of Nuclear Disarmament

    Humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons use, dreadfully experienced in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, has had little policy impact on concluding a genuine nuclear disarmament convention.

    August 14, 2023

    Changing State Perception of Nuclear Deterrence in Japan and South Korea

    With increasing North Korean nuclear and missile threats, and Chinese nuclear force modernisation, the prospects of indigenous nuclear weapons acquisition by Japan and South Korea cannot be ruled out.

    August 03, 2023

    Japan–NATO Ties: A Difficult Partnership

    Japan’s proposal to host a NATO liaison office in Tokyo is facing objections from NATO members like France, who view it as a distraction from the alliance’s core task of ensuring security in Europe.

    July 10, 2023

    G20, G7 and Nuclear Diplomacy

    India and Japan as Chairs of the G20 and G7 respectively can play a key role in ensuring that global nuclear instability is effectively managed.

    May 19, 2023

    Japan's Defence Industrial Policy Reform: Debates and Implications for International Cooperation

    Monograph

    The revised National Security Strategy makes a cogent case of Japan’s evolving character as a decisive security actor. The conversation in Tokyo demonstrates a renewed sense of urgency in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Sino-US strategic contest, and post-pandemic mainstreaming of economic security.

    2023

    Quad’s Maritime Domain Awareness Initiative Needs Time to Deliver

    The Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA) Initiative aims to enhance regional maritime security via technology and training support.

    June 24, 2022

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