This book examines Japan’s changing pacifism and its implications for Japan’s security identity from 1945 to the present. To examine the shift in Japanese pacifism, this research employs the concept of ‘negative pacifism’ (Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution) and ‘positive pacifism’ (the Preamble of the Constitution) as an analytical framework. To analyse multiple factors which facilitated the shift in Japan’s pacifism, this study applies ‘analytical eclecticism’ and integrates the analytical framework (negative-positive pacifism) with orthodox international relations theories and approaches. In an application of analytical eclecticism, the author proposes four theoretical models of Japan’s security identity: (a) ‘pacifist state’ (classical liberalism/negative pacifism); (b) ‘UN peacekeeper’ (neo-liberalism/positive pacifism); (c) ‘normal state’ (classical realism/domestic pressure); and (d) ‘US ally’ (neo-realism/external-structural pressure). In addition to the four basic models above, this book attempts to reveal Japan’s ‘core security identity’ as a ‘global pacifist state’.
|Publisher:||Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften|
|Series:||Welten Ostasiens / Worlds of East Asia / Mondes de l'Extreme-Orient Series , #21|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Daisuke Akimoto is Assistant Professor at the Soka University Peace Research Institute in Japan. He holds a PhD (Asian Studies and International Relations) from the University of Western Sydney, an MA (Peace and Conflict Studies) from the University of Sydney, and a BA (Humanities) from the Soka University Japan. His research and teaching interests include Japanese studies, Japanese politics, international relations, and peace research.
Table of Contents
Contents: Japan as a ‘Pacifist State’: Security Policy 1945-1990 – Japan as a ‘UN Peace-Keeper’ in Cambodia – Japan as a ‘UN Peace-Builder’ in East Timor – Japan as a ‘US Ally’ in Response to the War on Terror – Japan as a ‘Global Pacifist State’: The Future of the Peace Constitution and Japan’s Core Security Identity.