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.
Professor Celeste Arrington looks at the recent rise of activist citizen movements in Japan and South Korea and how they have changed the conversation over war memor...
Professor Yuichi Hosoya discusses changing Japanese public opinion towards these reforms and what additional defense capabilities Japan is considering next.