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Japan's new defense vision is halfhearted

Tokyo should be upfront with public and neighbors about strategic shift

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, far left, observes an international fleet review in Sagami Bay from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Izumo in November 2022: Tokyo has a serious accountability deficit.   © Kyodo

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

The new National Security Strategy that the Japanese government unveiled last month, along with two accompanying policy papers, envisions a drastic arms buildup to enable the country to defend itself and to fight side by side with the U.S. if need be.

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