January 3, 2013
Japan’s new prime minister, Abe Shinzo, has wisely declared his intention to review Japan’s defense policies to ensure they properly reflect the nation’s security requirements. Abe knows he faces significantly greater security challenges in defense of Japan than he faced when he last served as prime minister in 2006. To meet these increased challenges, Abe must focus his defense review on revising the plan for replacing Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma. He has a golden opportunity to introduce a more strategically useful, politically viable, and environmentally friendly alternative.