Japan's re-emergence as a "normal" military power
- Christopher W. Hughes.
- Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press for the International Institute of Strategic Studies, 2004.
- Physical description
- 156 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
- Adelphi papers no. 368-369.
- Hughes, Christopher W.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -156).
- 1. Japan's post-war security trajectory and policy system-- The Yoshida doctrine-- Japan's security policy-making system: leaning towards immobilism--
- 2. Japan's shifting security trajectory and policy system-- Japan's security environment: global, regional, alliance and domestic crises-- Japan's new security policy debate: towards a 'normal' state?-- Japan's newly proactive policy-making system--
- 3. Japan's national security policy and capabilities-- National Defence Programme Outline revision-- National emergency legislation-- Japan's military hardware: pursuing power projection capabilities-- Challenging post-war security taboos and constitutional restraints--
- 4. Forging a strengthened US-Japan alliance-- Rescuing the alliance-- Revision of the Japan-US Guidelines for Defence Cooperation-- Okinawa, US bases and force realignments-- Ballistic Missile Defence--
- 5. Japan, regional cooperation, multilateral security and the 'war on terror'-- Bilateral regional security dialogue-- Anti-piracy cooperation-- Multilateral security dialogue and exercises-- Japan and UN PKO-- Japan and the 'war on terror' in Afganistan and Iraq-- CONCLUSION-- Japan locks itself into the US-Japan alliance-- Japan and the regional security order: reinforcing US hegemony-- NOTES.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Is Japan re-emerging as a normal, or even a great, military power in regional and global security affairs? This Adelphi Paper assesses the overall trajectory of Japan's security policy over the last decade, and the impact of a changing Japanese military posture on the stability of East Asia. The paper examines Japan's evolving security debate, set against the background of a shifting international environment and domestic policymaking system; the status of Japan's national military capabilities and constitutional prohibitions; post-Cold War developments in the US Japan alliance; and Japan's role in multilateral regional security dialogue, UN PKO, and US-led coalitions of the willing. It concludes that Japan is undoubtedly moving along the trajectory of becoming a more assertive military power, and that this trend has been accelerated post-9/11. Japan is unlikely, though, to channel its military power through greatly different frameworks than at present. Japan will opt for the enhanced, and probably inextricable, integration of its military capabilities into the US Japan alliance, rather than pursuing options for greater autonomy or multilateralism. Japan's strengthened role as the defensive shield for the offensive sword of US power projection will only serve to bolster US military hegemony in East Asia and globally.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- Adelphi paper ; 368-9
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