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Yokosuka base, Japan, 2008: Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Forces’ destroyer Murasame supported anti-terrorism operations in Afghanistan on the Indian Ocean (source: dpa)

Japan’s quiet build-up to naval pre-eminence in East Asia

A precept of strategic planning is to study a country’s military capabilities rather than its presumed intentions. Japan’s practically unnoticed return to the ranks of first-class naval powers is a case in point. The country has many reasons to downplay its resurgent sea power to domestic and foreign audiences. But the island nation’s determination to protect its s...

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