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PacNet #48 – Watch this space: ‘collective self-defense,’ constitutional reinterpretation, and Japan’s security policy

Throughout the postwar period, the Government of Japan‟s (GOJ) definition and interpretation of collective self-defense and Article 9 of Japan‟s constitution have played a crucial role in how its leaders develop and employ military power. This issue also has had significant implications for its political and security relationship with the United States.