FIIA Comment

FIIA Comment 15 (2014)   

Japan warms to collective self-defence:
The constitutional reinterpretation is in line with other recent shifts in defence policy

Publicerad 25.9.2014

Bart Gaens
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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The Japanese government has issued a reinterpretation of the constitution in order to allow Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defence. While seemingly of minor importance, the new procedure, together with other recent changes in defence policy, risks exacerbating the arms race in Asia in the longer term.