Episode 1: Rearming Under the Shadow of History

Episode 1: Rearming Under the Shadow of History

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from Nationalism, Japan, and a Changing Asia

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has led a bold push for defense reforms to keep up with growing regional threats. But questions of historical memory remain, complicating Japan’s relationships with its neighbors. Hitoshi Tanaka, chairman of the Institute for International Strategy at the Japan Research Institute, describes how Japan has been navigating these challenges, and the critical role of the U.S.-Japan alliance.


This podcast series is part of a project on Northeast Asian Nationalisms and the U.S.-Japan Alliance, which is made possible through support from the U.S.-Japan Foundation.

Sheila A. Smith

Senior Fellow for Japan Studies