In recent years a widespread narrative presents post-2012 changes to Japan’s security policy and Article Nine’s interpretation as fundamentally unprecedented and “All About Abe.” The reality, however, is that Japan’s security policy has been undergoing evolutionary, incremental reforms for decades—under both conservative and moderate Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and opposition leaders. Practically significant, de facto change—albeit within remarkably “sticky” normative bounds so far—has occurred repeatedly in response to changing external threat perceptions and shifting domestic political winds.
My latest peer-reviewed article… an analysis of the likely implications of recent institutional reforms–esp. the new National Security Council–for Japan’s crisis management capabilities–with particular regard to tensions with China over competing […]
My latest … an analysis of the prospects for constitutional revision in Japan since “pro-revision” forces captured a historic 2/3 super-majority in the July 10 Upper House election … has been […]
During my time as a Summer Associate at RAND Corporation, I co-authored an internal report on the implications of the Democratic Party of Japan’s victory in the 2009 election for Japan’s security […]
Task Force Report: U.S.-China Relations: A Roadmap for the Future [工作小组报告：中美关系为了未来的路线图]. Issues & Insights [ 09, No. 16]. Honolulu, HI: Pacific Forum CSIS, August 2009. [with Andrew S. Erickson, Wei […]
Liff, Adam P. “Profile: Shigeru Ishiba, Minister of Defense.” Japan, Inc., March/April 2008.
Liff, Adam P. “On the Rocks? Implications of recent domestic political developments for the US-Japan alliance.” Japan, Inc, January/February 2008.