Jeffrey Hornung

Japan’s golden opportunity to play a larger regional role

Author: Dr. Jeffrey Hornung

Categories: In the News

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s overtures to China, hostility to the U.S. and lavish praise of Japan have certainly raised some eyebrows. Yet, as surprising as his rhetoric has been, there is no reason to be overly concerned at this juncture. The fissure that has opened between Manila and Washington has given Tokyo an opportunity to play a larger regional role.

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South China Sea: How to prevent China from changing the status quo

Author: Admiral Dennis Blair and Dr. Jeffrey Hornung

Categories: In the News

In recent months, China sent at least 36 ships into Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. In the South China Sea, a flotilla of Chinese barges and coast guard ships have sailed around the Philippines’ Scarborough Shoal. This ramped up Chinese activity has stoked fears in Tokyo and Manila that China is positioning itself to change the status quo.

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Constitutional revision in Japan: Why change is hard to come by

Author: Jeffrey W. Hornung

Categories: In the News

Critics argue Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might use his newfound advantage following the Upper House elections to loosen Article 9 of Japan’s constitution—the so-called peace clause—which bans the country from waging war and has been the cornerstone of Tokyo’s foreign policy for decades. Yet the road to constitutional change is not as straight or certain as many Japan watchers have suggested.

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Why has Japan been cozying up to Vladimir Putin?

Author: Jeffrey W. Hornung

Categories: In the News

In early May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia. It was the 13th time the two leaders have met since 2013, when Abe made the first official visit by a Japanese premier to Russia in a decade. But when Abe has only held seven meetings with his U.S. counterpart, why is he meeting Putin so often?

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Japan: Still An Exceptional U.S. Ally

Author: Jeffrey W. Hornung & Mike M. Mochizuki

After months of contentious debate, Japan’s parliament, called the Diet, in mid-September 2015 finally passed the Shinzo Abe government’s package of eleven bills on security. This legislation, along with the revised U.S.–Japan Defense Cooperation Guidelines of April 2015, will transform the legal and institutional framework for Japanese defense policy and U.S.–Japan security relations.

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