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Japan Today: Abe, Peace Constitution, China and Australian Submarines (STRATEGIKON Episode 12)

Our latest podcast is now available on Soundcloud. Podcast12_JB&PJ

In the podcast, Dr John Bruni is joined by special guest Prof. Purnendra Jain to discuss ‘Japan Today’ following the July 10 Upper House elections.

The wide ranging discussion included:

  • How strong is Prime Minister Abe and the Liberal Democratic Party?
  • Is Article 9 of Japan’s Peace Constitution being successfully eroded by Japanese nationalists? Will Japan remain a ‘Pacifist State’?
  • How does China factor as a strategic threat to Tokyo?
  • What did the loss of the Royal Australian Navy’s AUD50 billion Collins class submarine replacement program mean to Japan’s ambitions for becoming a significant defence exporter?

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