Japan Security Watch


Japan Security Watch covers Japanese defense and security issues. We cover everything from constitutional issues to new weapons systems and procurement. Particular emphasis on the changing security climate in East Asia, so-called “normalization” issues, and Japan’s expanding role in the world. JSW is written and edited in Japan, New Zealand and the United States by James Simpson, Corey Wallace and Kyle Mizokami.

About the authors of this Japan blog

A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami startedJapan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan’s defenses and security policy.

A former contributor to World Intelligence (Japan Military Review), James Simpson joined Japan Security Watch in 2011, migrating with his blogDefending Japan. He has a Masters in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and is currently living in Kawasaki, Japan.His primary interests include the so-called ‘normalization’ of Japanese security (i.e. militarization), and the political impact of the abduction issue with North Korea.

Corey Wallace joined Japan Security Watch in 2011. He writes on Japan security-related topics, focusing on issues and stories that may not find their way into the English language media. He also hosts the blog Sigma1 where he writes on Japanese domestic politics and broader issues in international relations.

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