As tensions between China and Japan increase, including over the disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japan has adopted under Prime Minister Abe a new security posture. This involves, internally, adapting Japan’s constitutional position on defence and, externally, building stronger international relationships in the Asia-Pacific region and more widely. This book presents a comprehensive analysis of these developments. It shows how trust and co-operation with the United States, the only partner with which Japan has a formal alliance, is being rebuilt, discusses how other relationships, both on security and on wider issues, are being formed, in the region and with European countries and the EU, with the relationships with India and Australia being of particular importance, and concludes by assessing the likely impact on the region of Japan’s changing posture and new relationships.
1. Japan’s Evolving Regional Security Policy: The Quest for Strategic Partnerships, Bart Gaens
2. Japan’s Relations with China, Shogo Suzuki
3. The US Pivot to the Asia-Pacific Region and Japan’s Responses, Yoneyuki Sugita
4. India and Japan: the New Strategic Dimension, Harinder Sekhon
5. Australia-Japan Security Relations: Bridging the China Gap or a Bridge too Far? Michael Heazle
6. Japan’s New Activism in ASEAN: China’s Challenge and the Search for a New Regional Order in East Asia, Takeshi Yuzawa
7. Parameters of the Strategic Alliance between South Korea and Japan, Seon-Hyon Lee
8. The Europe-Japan Strategic Partnership – Values, Promises and Defense, Gauri Khandekar
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.