United Nations Peace-Keeping Operations: A Guide to Japanese Policies

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Why is participation in UN peace-keeping and humanitarian operations such a sensitive issue for Japanese policymakers? Although Japan is among the United Nations' most enthusiastic supporters, it has only recently begun to send its Self-Defense Forces to assist UN peace operations.

In this book, three experts unravel the political and legal complexities that bedevil Japanese officials in their attempts to cooperate with these missions. A comprehensive historical overview of Japan's peace-keeping policy provides readers with the background to understand this contentious issue. Two sections offer a detailed look at Japanese participation in recent UN peace operations and at the complex decisionmaking process that preceded this. The longest section is devoted to in-depth analysis of the legal aspects of Japan's peace-keeping policy, particularly the constraints under which policymakers operate. The final section details Japanese and civilian participation in UN peace operations.

L. William Heinrich Jr. is a research associate with the Export-Import Bank of Japan in New York City. Akiho Shibata is associate professor of international law at Okayama University Faculty of Law. Yoshihide Soeya is professor of political science in the Faculty of Law, Keio University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280810035
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 148
  • Lexile: 1660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

L. William Heinrich, Jr. is an associate at the Japan Export-Import Bank in New York. Akiho Shibata is a professor of law at Japan's Okayama University. Yoshihide Soeya is a political science and international relations professor at Keio University and a research associate at the Research Institute for Peace and Security in Tokyo.

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Table of Contents

List of acronyms vii
Introduction 1
Part I5
1 Historical background 7
2 Recent government policy 24
3 The decision-making process 33
Part II43
4 Legal framework 45
5 Financial and budgetary aspects 79
Part III83
6 Military capabilities 85
7 Civilian assistance 99
Annexes 111
I Japanese participation in UN peace operations, as of I January 1997 113
II Law Concerning Cooperation for United Nations Peace-Keeping Operations and Other Operations, 1992 115
III Law Concerning Dispatch of Japan Disaster Relief Teams, 1987 133
Select bibliography 137
Index 139
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