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University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

Japan’s Defense White Paper as a Tool for Promoting Defense Transparency

March 01, 2012
Yasushi Sukegawa


This policy brief explains how Japan produces its annual defense white paper and how this publication and other defense reports promote transparency on Japan’s national defense. I outline the process of putting together the white paper and then suggest ways in which the process and the structure could be applied by other nations seeking to improve their defense transparency.

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