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The Limits of Japan’s Military Awakening

Pacifist no more: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attends a military parade in November 2021. Image: Government of Japan / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 4.0

While Japan’s move toward rearmament is welcome, the embrace of Tomahawk missiles and hypersonic weapons alone will not force China to stop waging hybrid warfare. Japan must also find ways to frustrate China’s furtive efforts to alter the regional status quo while avoiding the risk of open combat.

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Brahma Chellaney

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