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Japan and Germany grow closer, eyeing Russia and China

Rand analyst Jeffrey Hornung discusses Tokyo's 'strategic role' in Indo-Pacific

A member of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and a U.S. Marine during a drill in February at a base in California. Japan is poised to take a "greater strategic role" in the Indo-Pacific.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Japan and Germany have begun to explore how they can play a greater role in the global security landscape, especially as Russia's invasion of Ukraine rocks the world, Jeffrey Hornung, a senior political scientist at the Rand Corporation think tank, told Nikkei.

"Japan has been increasingly strengthening its relationships with key European countries, especially in the security realm," over the last decade, said Hornung, who specializes in East Asian security and U.S. policies in the Indo-Pacific.

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