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Despite Shifts, Japan’s Defence and Security Policy Remains on Pacifist Ground
Aug 14, 2023

Despite Shifts, Japan’s Defence and Security Policy Remains on Pacifist Ground

In the past decade, Japan made certain critical changes in its defence and security policy. These include enhancing the country’s defence capabilities, introducing the right to collective self-defence, abandoning the ban on arms exports, strengthening its alliance with the United States, and promoting its vision of a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’. Japan has introduced these changes incrementally, as a response to changing strategic circumsta

Deteriorating Japan-South Korea ties threaten trade and diplomacy
Aug 01, 2019

Deteriorating Japan-South Korea ties threaten trade and diplomacy

The rising animosity has a great potential to affect the ability of the two nations to counter regional threats.

Divided Diet back to haunt Japanese PM
Jul 16, 2010

Divided Diet back to haunt Japanese PM

Following the defeat of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in the House of Councillors' election, Prime Minister Naoto Kan's position has become much weaker and looks very much similar to that of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007.

Encourage China to become a responsible power, says Japanese security expert
Nov 02, 2010

Encourage China to become a responsible power, says Japanese security expert

Control of China through cooperation could be a more effective policy given the size and closed nature of China's society

Energy policy options for post-Fukushima Japan
Apr 18, 2011

Energy policy options for post-Fukushima Japan

How can Japan bring in energy reforms with its weak political structures, a very strong nuclear lobby that can influence policymaking, and rising public discontent? Japan has seen five Prime Ministers in the last five years.

Exercise Malabar: What does it means for Japan?
Oct 29, 2015

Exercise Malabar: What does it means for Japan?

For Japan, which deployed missile destroyer J S Fuyuzuki and SH 60K helicopters on India's invitation, the Malabar Exercise signals the growing importance of ties between the two nations as well as the personal importance that PM Modi has attached to India's strategic ties with Japan.

From reactive to proactive: Japan’s advances in cybersecurity and cyber defence strategies
Mar 27, 2024

From reactive to proactive: Japan’s advances in cybersecurity and cyber defence strategies

Japan's efforts to elevate its cybersecurity are transforming its defence capabilities across land, sea, air, and outer space, marking a shift in its

Futile to expect India to sign NPT, says former Japanese diplomat
Feb 16, 2010

Futile to expect India to sign NPT, says former Japanese diplomat

Amb. Hiroshi Hirabayashi, former Japan's Ambassador to India and currently President, The Japan-India Association, was in ORF for an interactive session

Gaiko Forum report on ORF symposium on Japan-India cooperation
Mar 17, 2008

Gaiko Forum report on ORF symposium on Japan-India cooperation

Gaiko Forum, Japan's prominent think tank sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, has published a detailed report on the symposium on "Security and Strategic Challenges in Asia: Prospects of Japan-India Cooperation" organised by Observer Research Foundation in association with the Gaiko Forum and the Embassy of Japan in New Delhi, on March 18, 2008.

Gaining momentum in the Israeli-Japanese relations: The economic and defence dimensions
May 26, 2023

Gaining momentum in the Israeli-Japanese relations: The economic and defence dimensions

Despite certain political differences, Israel and Japan are intending to boost their ties, especially in trade, defence, and tech

Geo-strategic uncertainties will drive India and Japan to maintain balance of power in Asia
Jun 29, 2012

Geo-strategic uncertainties will drive India and Japan to maintain balance of power in Asia

The geo-strategic uncertainties that prevail in Asia will drive India and Japan increasingly in the direction of jointly addressing the need for maintaining the prevailing balance of power in the continent, according to scholars from India and Japan.

Growing Chinese concerns over Japan-India Air Combat Exercise
Feb 14, 2023

Growing Chinese concerns over Japan-India Air Combat Exercise

For China, the Veer Guardian 2023 exercise comes as an ominous portent for the future

Growing differences on the future of nuclear energy in Japan
Jun 21, 2012

Growing differences on the future of nuclear energy in Japan

As the debate on restarting two nuclear reactors in Oi is hotting up in Japan, the Noda government needs to both give the newly announced nuclear regulatory body time to create the promised new regulations while also ensuring the people and industry do not suffer due to power shortage.

How an India-Japan alliance can help counter Chinese dominance
Feb 12, 2018

How an India-Japan alliance can help counter Chinese dominance

Japan is now being pushed to a leadership role in Asia following the election of Donald Trump as US President

How real is Japan’s new strategic dawn?
Nov 24, 2020

How real is Japan’s new strategic dawn?

As Abe departs office, he leaves much to be admired.

How to take India-Japan ties forward
Jan 31, 2014

How to take India-Japan ties forward

To take India-Japan ties to the next level, three issues need to be resolved. First, early end to their negotiations on civil nuclear cooperation. Second, a decision on the offer of the US-2 amphibian aircraft. Third, the symbolism of Japanese technology products which can be used for military applications.

India & Japan take recent shifts in their stride
Mar 23, 2022

India & Japan take recent shifts in their stride

Talks of a major rift were also put to rest by the joint statement, which largely hewed to India's stated position

India and Japan Hold 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue
Sep 20, 2022

India and Japan Hold 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

The India-Japan engagement has been enhanced both on the bilateral front as well as in minilateral formats such as the Quad in recent years.

India and Japan: Asia's win-win partnership
Jan 24, 2014

India and Japan: Asia's win-win partnership

On the strategic side of things, Japan's economic cooperation with India is also a hedge against a rising China which is a direct threat to Japan as also India, if to a lesser extent.

India and Japan: Changing Dimensions of Partnership in the post-Cold War Period
Mar 06, 2010

India and Japan: Changing Dimensions of Partnership in the post-Cold War Period

Indo-Japanese relations have witnessed a paradigm shift since 2000 when both countries launched a global partnership in order to address a range of issues affecting regional and global peace and prosperity. Systematic efforts made by the leaders of both countries since then have strengthened their partnership. Until very recently, their interactions were mainly limited to economic issues, but today they cover a wide spectrum of subjects including

India woos Japan for better economic ties
Sep 08, 2014

India woos Japan for better economic ties

The larger theme of Narendra Modi is that India, Japan and China have many common interests and that all of them have to build on them and thereby initiate the Asian Century by working together and make the Asian Century a truly peaceful and prosperous one.

India, Japan PMs to review China's assertive postures
May 16, 2013

India, Japan PMs to review China's assertive postures

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's forthcoming visit to Japan for the annual summit comes at a time when both countries are faced with serious territorial frictions with China. Mr Singh and his Japanese counterpart Mr. Shinzo Abe will review China's assertive maritime postures and other major developments in East Asia.

India, Japan should focus on the Asian strategic framework
Jan 16, 2014

India, Japan should focus on the Asian strategic framework

Both Tokyo and New Delhi want to create a stabler Asian order by redefining partnerships in the region. Can India and Japan take the lead in this regard and form a concert of nations that would bring about balance of power in the Asia-Pacific?

India, Japan, and the Dragon’s Fire: Making the Quad Work
Aug 14, 2023

India, Japan, and the Dragon’s Fire: Making the Quad Work

Since the 2000s, the security situation around Japan has changed as China has escalated its activities in the Indo-Pacific area. As such, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) has an important role to play in the resolution of this issue. This brief seeks to understand the features of China's territorial expansion, how the Quad can respond to this situation, and what issues it should anticipate in the future.

India, Japan, US trilateral meeting later this year, says Japanese Ambassador
Jun 29, 2011

India, Japan, US trilateral meeting later this year, says Japanese Ambassador

India, Japan and the United States are planning to conduct their first trilateral meeting in New Delhi later this year to discuss issues of strategic interests, according to Japan's Ambassador to India, Mr. Akitaka Saiki.

India-Japan civil nuclear agreement: Differing perceptions
Nov 18, 2016

India-Japan civil nuclear agreement: Differing perceptions

In the aftermath of PM Modi's visit to Japan, the single most important takeaway is the landmark agreement on civil nuclear cooperation.

India-Japan collaborations: Andaman and Nicobar Islands in focus
Apr 14, 2022

India-Japan collaborations: Andaman and Nicobar Islands in focus

Japan's financial aid for a power supply project in India's Andaman and the Nicobar Islands is an example of the strong bilateral ties between the two

India-Japan defense ties to get a boost With Modi-Abe virtual summit
Aug 21, 2020

India-Japan defense ties to get a boost With Modi-Abe virtual summit

Despite some disappointments on both sides, the India-Japan relationship looks set to further deepen in the face of an aggressive China.

India-Japan Partnership in a Resurgent Asia
Dec 29, 2011

India-Japan Partnership in a Resurgent Asia

His Excellency Mr. Akitaka Saiki, Ambassador of Japan to India, addressed an eminent gathering at the ORF campus in New Delhi on June 29, 2011. In his lecture, Mr. Saiki outlined the huge potential for cooperation between India and Japan to build a strong partnership in the context of the rapidly changing security dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region. This is the text of his lecture and the proceedings of the event.

India-Japan Partnership in Third Countries: A Study of Bangladesh and Myanmar
Apr 19, 2021

India-Japan Partnership in Third Countries: A Study of Bangladesh and Myanmar

As the Indo-Pacific region takes centrestage in international affairs, various stakeholder countries are engaging in different forms of economic and strategic cooperation. While such cooperation is implemented largely through bilateral or multilateral forums, certain countries are partnering to promote infrastructure connectivity in third countries across the region. This brief explores one such partnership that holds promise—that of Indi

India-Japan Strategic Cooperation: Impacting Indo-Pacific
Feb 27, 2020

India-Japan Strategic Cooperation: Impacting Indo-Pacific

The increasing geopolitical convergence between India and Japan demonstrates traditional strength, deepening trust, matured partnership and strong dem

India-Japan ties: Getting a boost under Modi and Abe
Nov 01, 2017

India-Japan ties: Getting a boost under Modi and Abe

Since Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, the Indian prime minister and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, have been instrumental in what has been the most dramatic leap forward in India-Japan bilateral relations. While the two countries have made strides in strengthening cooperation in recent years, there are limitations that need to be overcome. This brief examines the challenges that remain in the relationship, including their sub-par bila

India-Japan ‘Dharma Guardian’ Exercise
Mar 27, 2024

India-Japan ‘Dharma Guardian’ Exercise

Military engagements between India and Japan have been on a steady growth path that mirrors the shared political and strategic goals of Delhi and Tokyo.

India-Japan-Australia minilateral: The promise and perils of balancing locally
May 24, 2017

India-Japan-Australia minilateral: The promise and perils of balancing locally

This paper argues that even when the India-Japan-Australia minilateral is inspired by a need to ensure their interests against the current global power transition, it remains limited in its aim: to restrain China from achieving regional hegemony as it may threaten the liberal security order in the region. In the face of China’s rise and the US’ retrenchment, Asia’s regional powers are hedging their bets on a regional security order that is

India-Japan-Myanmar: Prospects for strategic connectivity
Jan 10, 2014

India-Japan-Myanmar: Prospects for strategic connectivity

As leading Asian democracies, India and Japan are perfectly poised to stake their claim in the sphere of geopolitical influence by increasing regional cooperation with countries like Myanmar