Why Japan Is Reassessing Its Military Power

Why Japan Is Reassessing Its Military Power

April 23, 2019 12:00 pm (EST)

Why Japan Is Reassessing Its Military Power
Explainer Video

Following World War II, Japan’s U.S.–imposed constitution renounced the use of offensive military force. But a nuclear North Korea and an increasingly assertive China have the Japanese rethinking that commitment.

Learn more about Japan's reassessment of its military power in Sheila A. Smith's new book, "Japan Rearmed," out now: https://on.cfr.org/2uDyk9Z

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