Militarized Japan and the Biden-Kishida Summit, Signal Moment in the New Cold War

Asia Pacific - Military boats on the ocean.

The Japanese government recently announced plans to double the size of its military budget, which is already the 8th largest in the world. It also issued three new military doctrines which vastly increase its war fighting commits in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. On the eve of the January 13 summit between President Biden and Prime Minister Kishida Joseph Gerson published this article in Common Dreams to dispel myths about the impacts of Japan’s peace constitution, the history of its military buildup, and the expansion of the U.S.-Japan military alliance.