ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

Japan's new security strategy is about defense, not offense

Kishida's move brings realpolitik approach to enhancing collective deterrence

| Japan
An interceptor missile is launched from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Aegis ship Maya on Nov. 16: Japan's choices will make it harder for opponents to use coercion. (Handout photo from Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)

Alessio Patalano is professor of war and strategy in East Asia at King's College London and a visiting fellow at the Royal Navy Strategic Studies Center.

Last week, Japan unveiled its most significant security policy shift and defense spending increase of the postwar era.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more