Naval War College Review


The lead article in this issue of the Review continues our exploration of contemporary developments in the maritime domain in Asia. James Holmes and Toshi Yoshihara, in their tour d’horizon of Japanese naval thinking from the late nine- teenth century to the present, offer an intriguing contrast between the decline of Mahanian navalist theory in Japan following World War II and the theory’s recent rise in the People’s Republic of China, and they challenge the Japanese mili- tary leadership to face up to the implications of the current lack of a broad strategic concept governing Japan’s approach to regional maritime threats.