Skip to content On V-J Day, U.S. Pushes for a Stronger Japanese Military

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“Japan is not imperial Japan,” said Jeffrey Hornung, a political scientist at Rand Corp. who specializes in Japanese security.

But a lifetime later, Japan’s postwar pacifism remains a huge challenge for both U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

But Japanese law still prohibits the purchase of full-scale aircraft carriers, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and, of course, nuclear weapons.

Both the Obama and Trump administrations voiced concerns about the slow pace of change in Japan’s military upgrades.

“My point to the Japanese is that they’re playing with fire if they don’t increase their efforts.

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