Since returning to power in late 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Liberal Democratic Party have promoted more assertive defense policies for Japan, including exercising the right of collective self-defense. Mr. Ian Rinehart discusses the potential benefits and costs of this policy in Japan as well as constraints that may hinder implementation in the near-term with Ms. Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Associate with the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center as discussant.
Ian E. Rinehart is an Analyst in Asian Affairs at the Congressional Research Service and was a 2013 Japan Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington. His research specialties include Japan, Korea, Northeast Asian security, and U.S. defense policy. He received an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College.
Recorded at the East-West Center office in Washington, D.C. October 29, 2013.