April 05, 2020

In Tokyo, an increasing gap between words and action on North Korea
The Japanese government's position on the threat posed by the DPRK is increasingly contradictory
In its Defense of Japan 2018 White Paper, released on August 28, Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) highlighted an “unprecedentedly serious and imminent threat to Japan’s security.” It struck a harsher tone than last year’s paper, which only spoke of “a new level of threat." “Since 2016 North Korea has willfully conducted three nuclear tests and launched as many as 40 ballistic