This chapter analyses Philippine-Japan security ties from the Philippine
perspective. It examines the external and domestic factors behind their
increased security cooperation and explores the status of this security
partnership. It argues that China’s maritime expansion in East Asia
negatively affected both Japan and the Philippines, which in turn led to a
deepening of their security partnership. The chapter predicts that despite
recent changes in the Philippine government, the Philippines has a strong
interest in further deepening the security partnership with Japan.