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Interview: Hiroshi Imazu

Interview: Hiroshi Imazu

As chairman of the Policy Research Council’s Research Commission on Security of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), lawmaker Hiroshi Imazu has a lead role in formulating Japan’s security policy along with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, and other top Japanese defense movers and shakers.

Changes and challenges are coming thick and fast for Imazu and Japan during the second Abe Cabinet, which under the banner of a new security policy labeled “proactive pacifism” has seen Japan issue a new national security strategy, reform and bolster its National Security Council to speed up decision-making, and, historically, in July 2014, allow Japan limited rights of collective self-defense.

This month is a busy time for US-Japan security relations, with both sides looking to conclude a 2+2 Japan-US Security Consultative Committee and Japan-US Defense Cooperation revision talks, ongoing since October, before Abe’s April 28 White House visit and April 29 speech to a joint session of the US Senate and House of Representatives.

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