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How proactive? How pacifist? Charting Japan’s evolving defence posture

Title
How proactive? How pacifist? Charting Japan’s evolving defence posture
Authors
Easley L.-E.
Ewha Authors
Leif Eric Easley
SCOPUS Author ID
Leif Eric Easleyscopus
Issue Date
2017
Journal Title
Australian Journal of International Affairs
ISSN
1035-7718JCR Link
Citation
vol. 71, no. 1, pp. 63 - 87
Keywords
Asian regional securitydefence policyJapanese politicsmilitary doctrine and capabilitiesnationalismUS–Japan alliance
Publisher
Routledge
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
After 60 years maintaining Self-Defense Forces rather than a normal military, Japan is moving towards exercising collective self-defence, long restricted by interpretations of its 1945 Peace Constitution. The merits of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo's ‘proactive pacifism’ are intensely debated by those welcoming greater international contributions from Japan and others suspicious of Japanese ‘remilitarisation’. A nation’s defence posture can theoretically be hijacked by aggressive nationalists, shift to pacifist isolationism, or rely on non-military internationalism or multilateral security cooperation. This article assesses competing explanations about the post-war trajectory of Japan’s defence posture by charting variation in military doctrine and capabilities. The analysis finds that Tokyo has made incremental policy adjustments under domestic and international constraints, and is not aggressively remilitarising. © 2016 Australian Institute of International Affairs.
DOI
10.1080/10357718.2016.1181148
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