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This chapter analyses the recent intensification of Japan-Vietnam security relations from a Japanese perspective. It demonstrates that the relationship has grown beyond a security talk shop since 2011, when relations began to develop markedly toward substantial cooperation, especially on maritime security, and today are on the verge of becoming militarily significant. This chapter argues that Japan’s incentive to develop this partnership is primarily to assist and induce Vietnam’s continued resistance against the rise of Chinese maritime power. The recent changes in Japan’s domestic security legislation potentially open new opportunities to further broaden and deepen bilateral maritime security cooperation, because they legally enable Japan to assist Vietnam militarily in some respects.

in Japan's new security partnerships