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Japan at crossroads as stage set for dramatic rethink of defense policy

-The Japan Times- When former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe encouraged a discussion on what amounted to stationing U.S. nuclear bombs on the territory of the sole nation to be attacked with them, it wasn’t clear what kind of reaction he expected — or if he had ulterior motives. Japanese, with images of Hiroshima and Nagasaki seared into

ウクライナから考える台湾有事 米の安保専門家は核共有どう考える?

ー朝日新聞ー ロシアによるウクライナ侵攻をきっかけに、安倍晋三元首相や日本維新の会から、米国の核兵器を日本国内に配備して共同運用する「ニュークリア・シェアリング(核共有)」の議論を求める声が上がっている。では、当事者の米国は、日本との「核共有」をどう考えているのか。日米の安全保障問題の専門家であるジェームズ・ショフ元米国防総省東アジア政策上級顧問に聞いた。 Read more.

Chinese military buildup ’cause of instability’ in Asia, ex-U.S. Indo-Pacific Command chief says

-The Japan Times- As concerns over China’s growing assertiveness rise, including fears of a contingency — or even full-fledged conflict — erupting in the Taiwan Strait, Japan’s role in its alliance with the United States is getting renewed attention. In a testimony before the U.S. Congress last March, then-Indo-Pacific Commander Adm. Philip Davidson said China

バイデン氏 外交基盤固め…日米会談 中露北の脅威見据え

ー読売新聞ー 米国のバイデン大統領は、中国やロシア、北朝鮮の脅威が強まる中、岸田首相との会談を通じてインド太平洋地域の最大の同盟国である日本との関係を固め、外国の基盤を整える考えだ。 Read more.

Whatever Happened to Soft Power?

-Project Syndicate- As 2021 drew to a close, Russia had massed troops near its border with Ukraine; China had flown military jets near Taiwan; North Korea was still pursuing its nuclear-weapons program; and Taliban fighters were patrolling the streets of Kabul. Seeing all this, friends asked me: “Whatever happened to soft power?” One answer is