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.
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
Series editors: Leszek Buszynski and William Tow, both Australian National University
New security concerns are emerging in the Asia Pacific region as global players face challenges from rising great powers, all of which interact with confident middle powers in complicated ways. This series puts forward important new work on key security issues in the region. It embraces the roles of the major actors, their defense policies and postures and their security interaction over the key issues of the region. It includes coverage of the United States, China, Japan, Russia, the Koreas, as well as the middle powers of ASEAN and South Asia. It also covers issues relating to environmental and economic security as well as transnational actors and regional groupings.