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Fumio Kishida’s latest overseas tour

The NEO has already drawn attention to the increased activity on the international stage displayed on various occasions by members of the current Japanese cabinet, especially Prime Minister Fumio Kishida himself. This activity was reaffirmed by his week-long overseas trip, which began on January 9 of this year and included Italy, France, the United Kingdom…

Japan’s Defense Strategy: A View from the Korean Corner

On December 16, 2022, Japan’s Cabinet approved amendments to three key national security and defense documents. First, an increase in the military budget is envisaged.  The Japanese government has previously announced plans to increase defense spending to 2% of GDP by 2027 (it is currently 1% of GDP). If Japan does so, its defense…

Under the US watch, Japan sets sail for militarization

On December 16, Japan unveiled its new defence strategy aimed at giving a massive boost to the country’s defence and offence capability. This is arguably the largest defence upgrade that Japan has unveiled since the Second World War when it became a ‘pacifist’ state. As the new documents show, Japan is now shunning its ‘pacifism’ in favour of a more…

First reaction to Japan’s new National Security Strategy

As previously reported in the NEO, a joint meeting of the leaders of the ruling parliamentary coalition (90% of which are members of the Liberal Democratic Party) on December 12 approved new draft versions of three documents concerning national security and military development in Japan. Of these, the basic document will be Japan’s second postwar National Security Strategy…

Ruling bloc approves “radical changes” to Japan’s security strategy

On December 12, Japan’s ruling party coalition, composed of 90% Liberal Democratic Party MPs plus 10% Komeito Party MPs, agreed on changes to the national security strategy that will form the basis of three government documents. Two of them, on general security issues as well as defense aspects, will be valid for the next 10 years…

Japan plans to buy “Tomahawks”

A report published in late October (citing a certain “government source”) by one of Japan’s leading newspapers, Yomiuri Shimbun, that the country’s leadership had sent an inquiry to its counterparts in the United States regarding the possibility of purchasing Tomahawk cruise missiles from Raytheon, deserves attention and comment. Because in this case, it is not…

Fumio Kishida leads the Japanese government for a year

One year ago, on October 4, 2021, Fumio Kishida became the head of the government of one of the leading countries in the Indo-Pacific region, Japan. He took over after Yoshihide Suga, who had also led the Japanese government for a year, left the post. One year is an almost magical number for prime ministers in Japan’s modern history, which dates back…

Response to Western Gas Terrorism

At the recent Russian Energy Week (REW) forum, Russian leader Vladimir Putin made it clear that there is no doubt today that the Nord Stream incident is an act of international terrorism in its newest form. The aim of the attack was to undermine the energy security of the entire continent, cynically blocking the access to cheap Russian energy for the people…

On the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the PRC and Japan

In the history of relations between the two now leading Asian powers, the PRC and Japan, the date of September 29 marks a very remarkable event. On this day exactly 50 years ago, Prime Ministers Zhou Enlai and Kakuei Tanaka signed the nine-point Joint Communiqué. The first one stated…

Tokyo pays its last respects to Shinzo Abe

On September 27, a state funeral was held for Shinzo Abe in Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan stadium, which was originally built to host the 1964 Summer Olympics. It was only the second state funeral in Japan’s post-war history. The first such funeral was that of Shigeru Yoshida, which took place 55 years ago, in October 1967. He was Japan’s first post-war Prime Minister…

On the major players’ activities on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly

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Perhaps more than ever, the 77th regular session of the UN General Assembly is being actively used by major world players in events missing from the agenda of this esteemed organization. It is by no means an exception in this regard, as the same is observed during scheduled meetings of other…

China Stands against the United States’ Violation of International Law

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To date, US-China relations have steadily deteriorated. One of the reasons for the cooling of relations between the two countries is Beijing’s growing ambition to gain control of the South Pacific region, while Washington intends to thwart China’s growing military and economic power. To maintain their current position…


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