Revising Japan's Article 9: Yes, but not now

The price for 'normalising' Japan's military posture is too steep, especially for something that is largely of symbolic value.

To say that Japan lives in a tough neighbourhood would be an understatement. North-east Asia hosts five of the world's biggest military spenders - China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States. Across the Sea of Japan, North Korea has made massive strides towards a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile capability that can hit the continental United States.

China's military is an existential worry to Japanese policymakers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2018, with the headline 'Revising Japan's Article 9: Yes, but not now'. Print Edition | Subscribe