While there are various perspectives within Japan, here I set forth an individual viewpoint and analyze international politics as a long-time researcher of Russia. First, I couch my thinking in the context of today’s overall international situation and of a rough breakdown of the ongoing debate in Japan concerning the triangle and Japan’s ideal response. Then, I explain my view of the Putin administration’s way of thinking and of the revival of great power thinking. Next, I examine attitudes toward China, the Korean Peninsula, and the dispute with Japan over the Northern Territories. This article concludes with general findings about Japanese views of the strategic triangle along with my own interpretations of that configuration.