BMI View: We expect that, despite a slight decrease in 2015, Japan's defence budget will continue
increasing in absolute terms over the next five years but to remain accounting for a mere 1% of GDP. This
will be driven by landmark constitutional changes which took pla ..."
BMI View: Landmark constitutional changes in 2014 will continue to have a significant impact on Japan's
defence policy and role in regional and international security in 2015. Key reforms to Article 9 of the
constitution have opened the doors to the international market for Jap ..."
BMI View: Following the ascent of new leaders in Tokyo and Beijing in late 2012, Japan's security
environment has grown tense, with both leaders keen to prove themselves. China's establishment of an Air
Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over disputed territory and Prime Minist ..."
BMI View: Japan's deteriorating relationship with China has underpinned security and defence
developments over the last quarter and more. At the Munich Security Conference in Q114, Chinese Vice-
Foreign Minister Fu Ying said that the China-Japan relationship is 'at it ..."
BMI View: Almost a year into his second (and much more successful) stint as prime minister, Shinzo Abe is
charting a clear course for Japanese defence. He has increased the budget twice in succession, ending a
decade of declines, and he is overseeing investment in new ..."
BMI View: Japan finds itself at a crossroads, following the election of Shinzo Abe in late 2012. Abe's
ambitious plans for national revival are designed to kick-start the national economy, and also to make the
country more assertive on security issues. In particular, ..."
BMI's Japan Defence & Security Report for Q213 examines the country's strategic position in the East Asian region and the wider world. It provides an overview of the contemporary geopolitical challenges facing the country, and the trials it may face in the future.
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