1st Edition

Japan�s Search for Strategic Security Partnerships

Edited By Gauri Khandekar, Bart Gaens Copyright 2018
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    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

    2. Japan’s Relations with China

    3. The US Pivot to the Asia-Pacific Region and Japan’s Responses

    4. India and Japan: the New Strategic Dimension

    5. Australia-Japan Security Relations: Bridging the China Gap or a Bridge too Far?

    6. Japan’s New Activism in ASEAN: China’s Challenge and the Search for a New Regional Order in East Asia

    7. Parameters of the Strategic Alliance between South Korea and Japan

    8. The Europe-Japan Strategic Partnership – Values, Promises and Defense


    Gauri Khandekar is Deputy Director and Director Europe at Global Relations Forum, and Researcher at the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel based in Brussels, Belgium

    Bart Gaens is a Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki, Finland.