Constitution

Asian Security Blog: Japan’s Defense Future

JSW pal Robert Kelly at Asian Security Blog recently asked me to do a guest post on Japan's defense future. It turned into a two-parter.

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Yomiuri Provides More Details on Djibouti Base

Yomiuri Provides More Details on Djibouti Base

Foreign Ministry official: Djibouti base will make it easier for the SDF to cooperate with U.S. counterterrorism operation. Being able to swiftly deploy SDF forces to trouble spots for PKO can contribute to the security of neighboring nations.

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East Asia Forum: The Legitimacy of Japan's Self Defense Forces

East Asia Forum: The Legitimacy of Japan’s Self Defense Forces

Andrew Levidis: The triple disaster might provide the impetus for a new definition of Japanese purpose. Such a purpose rests on the construction of a robust and flexible legislative framework for national security that replaces the artifice and evasions of the post-War.

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Waseda Prof.: Take the military out of the equation

Waseda Prof.: Take the military out of the equation

On Saturday, May 7th, Asahi Shimbun published the views of three experts on the SDF’s role in providing assistance and relief to Tohoku (p. 13). The opinions did not make it onto Asahi‘s website, so it is up to JSW to step in with a rough translation. Here is the third pundit’s view: Towards a...

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Constitutional Revision back on the DPJ agenda?

Constitutional Revision back on the DPJ agenda?

  No specific details yet but the DPJ has decided (jp) to reconvene one of their special panels devoted to looking at constitutional issues. This panel has not sat since 2007 and the DPJ party’s position on the constitution has not changed since the publication in 2005 of a “constitutional proposal.” I talk about it...

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The Japanese Constitution in 2011

The Japanese Constitution in 2011

  A majority of Japanese want (jp) to change the constitution, but are not particular fussed about changing the “peace clause,” Article 9. I have posted about this over at sigma1 along with some other Japan domestic politics commentary on potentially uninteresting matters for some, such as electoral matters and voting. Here below is the my...

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CRS on US-Japan Alliance

CRS on US-Japan Alliance

A Congressional Research Service report on the the US-Japan Alliance (released January 18th, 2011) has been the topic of a number of news articles in the English-language Japanese press reprinting a single Kyodo News release focusing on the report’s view that Article 9 is an ‘obstacle’ to greater cooperation, i.e. in Mainichi. The release made it...

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Towards a Permanent Law for Overseas Deployment

Towards a Permanent Law for Overseas Deployment

Sailors aboard Japanese destroyer JS KONGO (DDG 173) via Wikipedia The Mainichi Daily News reported yesterday that the DPJ “is set to consider legislation for a permanent law to allow the dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) overseas whenever the need arises, as well as to look into authorizing Japan to exercise the right of...

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