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Rethinking Japanese Security
Internal and External Dimensions

ISBN 9780415773959
Published April 7, 2008 by Routledge
304 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Since the unexpected end of the Cold War, standard arguments about power politics can no longer be adopted uncritically. This has led to a renewed interest in Japan’s unusually peaceful security policy.

Japan’s championing of "comprehensive security" is central to this collection. Peter J. Katzenstein’s essays explore this concept which not only encompasses traditional military concerns but also domestic aspects of security. The book's focus on counter-terrorism and national security highlights a policy approach which, over decades, Japan has developed with political patience and diplomatic finesse. These essays advocate an eclectic approach that helps in recognizing new questions and that seek to combine elements from different analytical perspectives in the exploration of novel lines of argument.

Additionally, the book features an entirely new, substantial introduction that explores and elaborates the themes of the collection while bringing it up to date. This collection will be of significant interest to students and scholars of Japanese politics, security studies and international relations.

Table of Contents

1. Japanese Security in Perspective Peter J. Katzenstein  2. Japan, Asian-Pacific Security, and the Case for Analytical Eclecticism Peter J. Katzenstein and Nobuo Okawara (2001)  Part 1: Japan's Internal and External Security Policies  3. Japan's Security Policy: Political, Economic and Military Dimensions Peter J. Katzenstein and Nobuo Okawara (1991)  4. Japan's Internal Security Policy Peter J. Katzenstein and Yutaka Tsujinaka (1991)  5. Japan and Asian-Pacific Security: Regionalization, Entrenched Bilateralism and Incipient Multilateralism Nobuo Okawara and Peter J. Katzenstein (2001)  6. Immovable Object? Japan's Security Policy in East Asia H. Richard Friman, David Leheny, Peter J. Katzenstein and Nobuo Okawara (2006)  Part 2: Japanese and Asian Security in Comparative Perspective  7. Coping with Terrorism: Norms and Internal Security in Germany and Japan Peter J. Katzenstein (1993)  8. Why Is There no NATO in Asia? Collective Identity, Regionalism, and the Origins of Multilateralism Christopher Hemmer and Peter J. Katzenstein (2002)  9. Same War—Different Views: Germany, Japan, and Counter-Terrorism Peter J. Katzenstein (2003)  Part 3: Analytical Eclecticism and Security  10. Rethinking Asian Security: A Case for Analytical Eclecticism Peter J. Katzenstein and Rudra Sil (2004)

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Peter J. Katzenstein is the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, USA.


‘Peter Katzenstein's essays on Japanese security take on a new salience today, as Japan reconsiders its security options.  In this volume, Katzenstein assembles works from 1991 through 2004, many written with Japanese collaborators, and he adds a new introduction that links themes from the earlier essays to recent developments.  In the process, Katzenstein not only "rethinks" Japanese security but he also challenges the core paradigms of international relations theory.’ - Steven Vogel, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA

‘Katzenstein’s well-honed analytic sensibilities and insightful comparative perspective combine to provide readers with this exceptionally valuable and comprehensive examination of Japanese security policies. Exploring the full range of domestic and foreign security challenges faced by Japan, the book presents a trove of insights that will benefit specialists on Japan as well as generalists interested in global security challenges.’ - T.J. Pempel, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA

‘Because he brings to bear a seasoned comparative perspective, Peter Katzenstein's views on Japan and Asian security issues demand our attention and respect.  No one has wrestled with greater tenacity over the theoretical implications involved.  This fine collection of essays demonstrates the evolution as well as the depth and subtlety of his analysis.’ - Kenneth B. Pyle, University of Washington, USA. Author of Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose


"In recent years Peter Katzenstein has established himself as a first-rank observer of Japanese security policy whose particular contribution is to combine a genuinely comparative approach with theoretical sensibility."  - David A. Welch, University of Toronto, Canada