Via JSW pal Reide Baxter, this article from May 2007 on Japan and collective self defense, particularly with regards to its alliance with the United States. It’s reading in its entirety, as it does a good job of laying out Japan’s problems when it comes to mutual assistance.

The bottom line: it’s okay for Japan to receive assistance; it’s when Japan thinks about giving assistance it runs into problems.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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