1. Japan's Prime Minister has recently announced that his government would seek to lift the ban on so called "collective self-defense" as a way to “strengthen deterrent force”. Why do you think he has made this decision?
2. Japan's neighbours can't have forgotten the country's militarism of early last century. What could be the consequences of its decision to expand military involvement in the region?
3. Why does the U.S. support the idea of a more powerful Japanese military?
4. New Zealand along with the U.S., Australia and several other is involved in creating a "security complex", which some experts consider as part of a plan to counterbalance China. What is your take on that?
Interviews on the death of Kim Jong Il
Monday 19 December