World Affairs Councils Podcast

Cover to Cover: Sheila Smith on “Japan Rearmed”

June 24, 2019

On June's Cover to CoverSheila Smith, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations discusses her new book: Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power.

Japan has one of Asia’s most technologically advanced militaries and yet struggles to use its hard power as an instrument of national policy. The horrors of World War II continue to haunt policymakers in Tokyo, while China and South Korea remain wary of any military ambitions Japan may entertain. In Japan Rearmed Sheila Smith argues that Japan is not only responding to increasing threats from North Korean missiles and Chinese maritime activities but also reevaluating its dependence on the United States. No longer convinced that they can rely on Americans to defend Japan, Tokyo’s political leaders are now confronting the possibility that they may need to prepare the nation’s military for war.