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1st Edition

China in Japan’s National Security
Domestic Credibility

ISBN 9781138477964
Published February 17, 2020 by Routledge
218 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores Japan’s emerging national security policy in relation to China. It considers the rise of nationalism in contemporary Japan, the recent actions of the Abe government to change Japan’s security policy course and the importance of domestic views, both elite and popular, about safety and credibility in shaping security policy. It highlights the lack of strong links between China and Japan and the existence in Japan of significant misconceptions about China. It discusses the politics of Japan’s alliances, examines the growth of national pride in Japan and of a more confrontational attitude toward China, and concludes by putting forward some scenarios for likely future developments and some policy proposals for a stable Japan–China relationship.



Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Domestic Credibility in National Security

Chapter 2 Japan’s Postwar Pacifist National Security and Domestic Credibility

Chapter 3 China Particularism and Japan’s Postwar China Policy

Chapter 4 Japan’s Changing Defence Policy and China

Chapter 5 Japan’s Non-concessional Attitudes and China

Chapter 6 Japan’s Alliance Politics and China

Chapter 7 National Pride and Domestic Credibility in Japan’s Hard-line Posture towards China in 2010-16




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Toshiya Takahashi is an Associate Professor at Shoin University, Japan