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Anne Allison

Print publication date: 1953

Print ISBN-13: 9781479889389

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479889389.001.0001

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Military Cooperation and Territorial Disputes: The Changing Face of Japan’s Security Policy

Military Cooperation and Territorial Disputes: The Changing Face of Japan’s Security Policy

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(p.236) Chapter Ten Military Cooperation and Territorial Disputes: The Changing Face of Japan’s Security Policy
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Japan
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Hiroshi Nakanishi

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479889389.003.0011

This chapter argues that the 2009-2011 period, under the leadership of the Democratic Party of Japan, was a watershed for postwar Japanese security policy. The economic depression after the Lehmann shock, Chinese military pressure over Senkaku islands, and the Great East Japan Earthquake transformed the Japanese public’s mindset on security. This attitudinal change is the backdrop of a series of defense policy changes such as the new Defense Program Guideline announced in late 2010. The Yoshida Doctrine has been greatly revised, if not discarded completely, and the changes shaped the security policy framework of Japan for years to come, including the security policy adapted by the second Abe Cabinet.

Keywords:   Self-Defense Forces, Defense Program Guideline, Democratic Party of Japan, Operation Tomodachi, Senkaku Islands, China, Yoshida Doctrine

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