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Japan needs more offensive firepower for deterrence: Patrick Cronin

Hudson Institute analyst sees vital role for Tokyo in peace across Taiwan Strait

The JS Shiranui destroyer takes part in the Malabar naval exercises in 2021. (Photo courtesy of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)

WASHINGTON -- Increasing Japan's offensive capabilities would help Tokyo contribute more to peace and deterrence in the Asia-Pacific region, a top expert at the Washington-based Hudson Institute tells Nikkei.

"I'm not calling for an offensive Self-Defense Force. I'm calling for one that has adjusted the deterrent level to meet the deteriorating security environment," Patrick Cronin, Asia-Pacific security chair at the conservative think tank, said in a recent interview that comes as Japan prepares to revise its national security strategy.

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