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Japan's Security Identity

From a Peace-State to an International-State, 1st Edition

By Bhubhindar Singh


226 pages

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Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a significant change in Japanese security policy, as Japan’s security identity has shifted from a peace state, to an international state. In this book, Bhubhindar Singh argues that from the 1990s onwards, the Japanese security policymaking elite recognized that its earlier approach to security policy which was influenced by the peace-state security identity was no longer appropriate. Rather, as a member of the international community, Japan had to carve out a responsible role in regional and international security affairs, which required greater emphasis on the role of the military in Japan’s security policy.

To explore the change in Japan’s security identity and its associated security behaviour, this book contrasts the three areas that define and shape Japanese security policy: Japan’s conception (or definition) of national security; the country’s contribution, in military terms, to regional and international affairs; and the changes to the security policy regime responsible for the security policy formulation. Further, it seeks to challenge the dominant realist interpretation of Japanese security policy by adopting an identity-based approach and showing how whilst realist accounts correctly capture the trajectory of Japanese post-Cold War security policy, they fail to explain the underlying causes of the change in Japanese security behaviour in the post-Cold War period.

This book is an important addition to the current literature on Japanese security policy, and will be of great use to students and scholars interested in Japanese and Asian politics, as well as security studies and international relations more broadly.


"Bhubhindar Singh’s Japan’s Security Identity: From a Peace-State to an International-State (2013) makes an important contribution to the literature concerning contemporary Japanese security politics." - Akihiro Ogawa, Stockholm University, East Asia Intergration Studies

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Realism, Mercantilism and Constructivism 3. Security Identity and Japan’s Security Policy 4. Territorial Conception of National Security 5. Regional and International (Global) Security 6. Security Policymaking Regime 7. Conclusion

About the Author

Bhubhindar Singh is Assistant Professor with the Multilateralism and Regionalism Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

About the Series

The University of Sheffield/Routledge Japanese Studies Series

This well-established series with one of the pre-eminent institutions for Japanese Studies in Europe publishes cutting-edge research and authoritative introductory texts on modern Japan and the Japanese. Editorial policy encourages leading and promising younger scholars to contribute especially social scientific analysis on a wide range of Japan-related subjects.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies