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Interview

Japan must rethink excessive reliance on US security, says expert

Keio professor says Tokyo needs strike capability as Washington pulls back

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members participate in an amphibious drill with U.S. sailors on the USS Pearl Harbor in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

TOKYO -- As the coronavirus pandemic forces the U.S. to step back from its global leadership role, now is the time for Japan to reassess its overreliance on its top ally and build its own defense capabilities, leading national security expert Yuichi Hosoya says.

In an interview with Nikkei, Hosoya, a professor of international politics at Keio University who has served on key government defense panels, outlined the security crossroads at which Japan now stands.

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