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Japan's re-emergence as a "normal" military power

Author: Christopher W Hughes
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press for the International Institute of Strategic Studies, 2004.
Series: Adelphi papers, no. 368-369.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Book
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher W Hughes
ISBN: 0198567588 9780198567585
OCLC Number: 57358280
Description: 156 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Japan's post-war security trajectory and policy system --
Japan's shifting security trajectory and policy system --
Japan's national security policy and capabilities --
Forging a strengthened US-Japan alliance --
Japan, regional cooperation, multilateral security and the "war on terror."
Series Title: Adelphi papers, no. 368-369.
Responsibility: Christopher W. Hughes.

Abstract:

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.

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