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Japan's national security strategy update already looks outdated

First policy restatement since 2013 unlikely to reflect changed environment

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Members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces listen to a speech by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at Camp Asaka in November 2021: Japan needs to develop its own strategy for coping with potential contingencies.   © Jiji

Masahiro Matsumura is professor of international politics and national security at the faculty of law of St. Andrew's University in Osaka.

Work is now underway in Tokyo on the first update of Japan's national security strategy in nine years.

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