Members of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force troops participate to the annual military parade of Japanese Self Defence Force (JSDF) at the Ground Self Defence Force's Asaka training ground in Tokyo, Japan, 27 October 2013. (EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON)
Is the era of Japanese pacifism coming to an end? Amid increasing regional security threats, Japan wants to establish a stronger military that’s not only limited to self-defence. But what does that mean to Japanese citizens and the post-World War II peace culture associated with the country? We’ll also look at responses to Japan’s shift toward conservative politics. Join the conversation at 19:30 GMT.
In this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Professor of Politcal Science, University of Okinawa