1st Edition

Japan's Security Policy

Edited By Keiji Nakatsuji Copyright 2023
    240 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyses Japan’s security policy after the Cold War and engages with the question of whether, since the Cold War ended, Japan has again become a global security player.

    The contributions to the book explore Japan’s security policy by providing a detailed overview of the evolution of Japan’s security policy after the Cold War, including the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty and the Senkaku/Daioyu Islands dispute. It also reveals the preeminent security concerns of contemporary Japan by delving into regional security issues such as the Layered Security of Okinawa, the increasing nuclear threat from North Korea, and the Taiwan Strait Crisis of 1995-6. The book culminates by discussing security in terms of the essential functions of energy, food, and human security, including an assessment of Japan’s energy policy since World War II and an assessment of the impact food security on Japan’s agriculture and trade.

    This book will be of interest to student and scholars of East Asian Politics, Security Studies and the International Relations of the Asia Pacific. It is also a valuable resource for diplomats and policymakers on Japan and East Asia.

    Part 1: Historical Overview
    1. The Cold War and Japan-US Alliance as Backdrop
    Keiji Nakatsuji
    2. Post-Cold War Crises and A Search for a New Security Policy
    Keiji Nakatsuji
    3. Did Japan become a global security player again?
    Keiji Nakatsuji
    Part 2: Regional Issues
    4. Japan and South Korea: Can the two countries cooperate over North Korea nuclear crisis?
    Sachio Nakato
    5. Layered Security on Okinawa: Engaging international, national, and subnational narratives
    Ra Mason
    6. How did Japan take the Taiwan Strait Crisis of 1995-6
    Keiji Nakatsuji
    Part 3: Security Policy by Function
    7. Japan’s Energy Security
    Eunjung Lim
    8. Japan’s Food Security Policy
    Hironori Sasada
    9. Why Did Japan Engage in Human Security Diplomacy?
    Kenki Adachi


    Keiji Nakatsuji is a Professor of the College of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University, Japan.