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Japan must disavow pacifism and embrace collective defense

Change in policy would fulfill, not violate, its national responsibilities

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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force fleet review at Sagami Bay, south of Tokyo: greater Japanese activism is a defensive, responsible reaction to Japan's worsening threat environment.   © Reuters

Elbridge Colby is a principal at the Marathon Initiative. He served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development from 2017-2018. Jennifer Lind is an associate professor at Dartmouth College.

The question of how to respond to China's enormous growth and increasing assertiveness is leading countries across the Indo-Pacific to grapple with uncomfortable -- even previously unimaginable -- policy changes.

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