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EU-Japan Security Cooperation

Trends and Prospects, 1st Edition

Edited by Emil J. Kirchner, Han Dorussen


222 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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This book assesses EU-Japan security relations, examining how they have developed in individual security sectors and how they could be affected by international developments.

The conclusions of the Economic Partnership Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement in 2017 demonstrate the steady growth in EU-Japan political relations. Since the 1990s, dialogues between the EU and Japan have benefitted from extensive trade and investment ties and shared liberal values. Based on collaborative research by European and Japanese scholars, this book provides an in-depth, systematic and comparative analysis of the extent to which the EU and Japan have achieved concrete actions in the pursuance of security cooperation across a range of key areas such as nuclear proliferation, regional security, international terrorism, and energy and climate security. Further, it seeks to explain why some security sectors (such as economic and cybersecurity) have resulted in more extensive EU-Japan cooperation, while others lag behind (such as military and regional security). Common declarations and actions of shared interest and concerns have often led to only modest levels of security collaboration, and the book highlights factors that may be seen as intervening between intention and action, such as the role of external actors, for instance China and the US, and the constraints of internal EU and domestic Japanese politics.

This book will be of much interest to students of European security, Japanese politics, diplomacy studies and international relations.

Table of Contents

1. EU-Japan Security Cooperation in Context Emil Kirchner

2. Regional Security Thomas Diez and Jun Tsubouchi

3. EU-Japan Military Relations Hiroyasu Akutsu and Simon Duke

4. Non-Proliferation Nicola Casarini and Michito Tsuruoka

5. The EU and Japan in the Fight against Terrorism and Organised Crime Raphael Bossong and Sarah Bothe

6. EU and Japanese Climate and Energy Security Policy Katja Biedenkopf and Hiroshi Ohta

7. Human Security: More Potential for Cooperation? Sebastian Harnisch and Ken Masujima

8. Civil Protection: Enhancing Resilience through Collaboration Han Dorussen, Daisuke Madokoro and Atsushi Tago

9. EU-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation George Christou and Yoko Nitta

10. The Economic Security Dimension in EU-Japan Relations Thomas Christiansen, Jean-Christophe Defraigne and Hiromasa Kubo

11. The EU-Japan Security Dialogue and Migration: a Search for Common Ground Harlan Koff, Jun’ichi Akashi and Midori Okabe

12. New Horizons in EU-Japan Security Cooperation? Emil Kirchner and Han Dorussen

About the Editors

Emil Kirchner is Jean Monnet Chair and Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Essex, UK. He is Advisory Editor of the Journal of European Integration, holder of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences.

Han Dorussen is Professor of Government at the University of Essex, UK. He is a Board Member of the Network of European Peace Scientists, Associate Editor for the Journal of Peace Research, International Affiliate of the European Centre of Peace Science, Integration and Cooperation, and a member of the

Michael Nicholson Centre of Conflict and Cooperation.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in European Security and Strategy

The aim of this series is to bring together the key experts on European security from the academic and policy worlds, and assess the state of play of the EU as an international security actor. The series explores the EU, and its member states, security policy and practices in a changing global and regional context. While the focus is on the politico-military dimension, security is put in the context of the holistic approach advocated by the EU.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security


An article by Professor Emil Kirchner was published in The Conversation.

Reprinted in the Japan Newsweek and the New Zealand Herald.

Professor Han Dorussen was invited to contribute to the London Stock Exchange Business Review blog.

Both editors were interviewed on the BBC World Service

Professor Emil Kirchner was also interviewed by Bulgarian National Radio in February 2019.