Flexing the Quad

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold flies the Battle Ensign underway during the annual U.S.-Japan Bilateral Advanced Warfighting Training Exercise in the Philippine Sea, March 1, 2021. (Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Deanna C. Gonzales/US Navy)
Japan wants to arm itself against China, and we should help.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t is 7,000 miles from Washington to Beijing, but it is only a little more than 1,000 miles from Tokyo to Beijing. If it sometimes seems that Japan is taking China seven times more seriously than is the United States, the explanation may be as simple as that.

Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, is on his way out, and his most likely (though not certain) successor is a former foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, who embodies the increasingly assertive national-defense mentality of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Kishida has suggested that Japan requires, among other armaments, missiles that could be used to

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