Japan Alone Cannot Guard or Sustain Peace

Isaac Stone Fish
June 19, 2015
Foreign Policy

“When one speaks of turmoil on the Korean Peninsula, it’s usually in reference to North Korea, not South Korea.

But Itsunori Onodera, who stepped down as Japan’s defense minister in September 2014, has some concerns with Seoul’s ‘provocative’ actions toward Pyongyang.

Now a member of Japan’s parliament, the Diet, Onodera is still intimately involved with Japan’s defense policy, including the controversial debate over the reinterpretation of the country’s constitution, which—if it passes—would permit Japan to field a more active military.”

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Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera Photo credit: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

Isaac Stone Fish is a 2015 US-Japan Journalism Fellow.