Two destroyers from Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force participate in a drill off the coast of Brunei in June 2019. Photo: AP

Japan’s warships in the Middle East cast spotlight on Abe’s military ambitions

  • The deployment has raised fresh speculation over the prime minister’s aim of revising Japan’s war-renouncing constitution
  • Under Abe, Japan has bulked up its defence spending in response to China’s growing military clout and nuclear-armed North Korea
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Two destroyers from Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force participate in a drill off the coast of Brunei in June 2019. Photo: AP
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.