Is Japan on a path towards assuming a greater military role internationally, or has the recent military normalisation ground to a halt since the premiership of Junichiro Koizumi? In this book, Christopher W.
Hughes assesses developments in defence expenditure, civil-military relations, domestic and international military-industrial complexes, Japan's procurement of regional and global power-projection capabilities, the expansion of US-Japan cooperation, and attitudes towards nuclear weapons, constitutional revision and the use of military force.
In all of these areas, dynamic and long-term changes outweigh Japan's short-term political logjam over security policy. Hughes argues that many post-war constraints on Japan's military role are still eroding, and that Tokyo is moving towards a more assertive military role and strengthened US-Japan cooperation. Japan's remilitarisation will boost its international security role and the dominance of the US-Japan alliance in regional and global security affairs, but will need to be carefully managed if it is not to become a source of destabilising tensions.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Trajectory of Japan’s Remilitarisation 2. Japan’s Military Doctrine, Expenditure and Power Projection 3. The Transformation of Civilian Control 4. Japan’s Military-Industrial Complex 5. Japan’s External Military Commitments 6. The Erosion of Japan’s Anti-militaristic Principles Conclusion: Japan’s remilitarisation: implications and future directions Appendix: Tables and charts