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PacNet #47A – Japan’s first step toward a national security strategy: Assessing the Araki Commission report

October 22, 2004

Last week, the Japanese Prime Minister’s Council on Security and Defense Capabilities (better known in the United States as the Araki Commission) issued its final report on the future direction of Japanese national security policy. The report demands special attention as it will provide a base as the Japanese government revises its National Defense Program Outline (NDPO) in the next several months.