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 policy makers? 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 study, 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 background to understand this contentious issue. The following sections offer a detailed look at Japanese participation in recent UN peace operations and at the complex decision-making 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 policy makers operate. The final section details military and civilian participation in UN peace operations. The authors note that although the Self-Defense Forces' participation in peace operations is widely discussed, a growing number of Japanese civilians and non-governmental organizations have taken part in peace operations as well. This concise book covers the critical aspects of Japanese policy on UN peace operations. Students of Japan will find detailed analysis on one of the most controversial issues confronting Japanese foreign policy in the 1990s. Those interested in UN peace-keeping policy will gain a deeper understanding of Japanese views on this crucial issue.

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  • 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)

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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