13 March 2021

Japan Ministry of Defense: “Security Environment Surrounding Japan”

This latest set of major reports from Japans Defense Ministry brims with exquisitely detailed graphics that convey important new information. (Identical versions in English and Japanese.) Those of us whove long enjoyed exchanges with Japanese government interlocutors are familiar with this elegant style. The course I took with Edward Tufte makes me think hed plead for fewer words, but I still think he’d be impressed. I hope this distinctive Japanese approach can influence Pentagon PowerPoint layouts—for the better—in the future!

Security Environment Surrounding Japan [わが国を取り巻く安全保障環境] (Tokyo: Japan Ministry of Defense [防衛省], March 2021 [令和3年3月]).


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