The war in Ukraine has prompted quite a few countries to do a quick about-face on their security policy. Finland and Sweden are the most obvious example, but the ripples of this brutal conflict were likewise felt as far away as the Far East. With both the not-so-distant Russian menace and China’s growing power and influence, authorities in Tokyo had to seriously consider their next move. What followed was a series of efforts designed to boost Japan’s military power and enhance its alliances with key partners – right down to the recent idea of establishing a NATO liaison office in Japan. And while this may not signal any immediate Alliance power projection of into the region, Japan’s rivals are sure taking notice. Joining us here today to discuss the issue was Ra Mason, Sasakawa Associate Professor of International Relations and Japanese Foreign Policy at the University of East Anglia.