22 July 2013

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition has won a majority of seats in the upper house election

The election will have a strong impact on the future of Japan’s defense policies. Mr. Abe’s administration has already been more aggressive in dealing with regional security issues, exemplified recently by the decision to raise Japan’s defense budget for the first time in 11 years. The next major step in the prime minister’s agenda is to push for a bigger military, to be achieved by revising its role as defined in the constitution. Mr. Abe also wants to change various parts of the post-World War II document like the status of the military.