A watershed moment in Japan's security strategy

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has pushed Tokyo to revise policies, and stirred debate on constitutional change and the hosting of nuclear weapons.

A Ukrainian woman protesting in Tokyo against Russia's actions in Ukraine on March 5, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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Russia's invasion of Ukraine is causing repercussions well beyond Europe. This includes Japan where, in a matter of days, foreign and security policy has undergone several significant changes.

Policy towards Russia has, not surprisingly, been revised. Yet, even more notable is the acceleration in Japan's development as a proactive security actor. This is a welcome contribution to defending the rules-based international order.

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