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Is Japan ready to uphold its Indo-Pacific obligations?

Tokyo should reconsider its international role in wake of Afghanistan crisis

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A Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-2 transport plane prepares to take off on a flight to Afghanistan from Iruma Air Base in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, on Aug. 23. Tokyo failed to meet its objective of pulling out over 500 Afghans.   © Kyodo

Yukari Ota is a Ph.D. researcher at Cambridge University and a former U.N. official who specialized in peace-building. She served in several conflict-affected countries, including Afghanistan (2004-2010).

Set to play more of an essential role in global politics than ever before, last month's in-person Quad summit in Washington reaffirmed Japan's vital importance as the cornerstone of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific. But is Japan ready?

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