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Japan rearmed : the politics of military power / Sheila A. Smith.

Author/Creator:
Smith, Sheila A., 1959- author.
Publication:
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2019.
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Book
xi, 333 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Subjects:
Japan. Kenpō (1946).
Kenpō (Japan : 1946).
Japan -- Armed Forces -- History -- 20th century.
Japan -- Armed Forces -- History -- 21st century.
Japan -- Military policy.
Japan -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Japan.
Armed Forces.
Diplomatic relations.
Military policy.
Japan.
United States.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
Article Nine of Japan's postwar constitution, drafted in 1946 under U.S. Occupation, claims that the Japanese people "forever renounce the use of force as a means of settling international disputes." During the Cold War, the alliance with the United States allowed Japan to develop a largely defensive military, the Self-Defense Forces. Yet in the decades since, Japan has considered new ways to use its military. Demands from Washington for greater Japanese military participation in coalition forces and a gradual embrace in Japan of contributing to UN peacekeeping led to overseas deployments. Entering the 21st century, North Korea's nuclear and missile proliferation and China's growing maritime assertiveness have challenged Japanese strategists to confront their hesitancy over the use of force. This book examines this ambivalence over the military as an instrument of power and argues that the accelerating changes in Japan's relationship with the United States and with its neighbors are forcing Tokyo's political leaders to confront the idea that they may need to order their military to do what all militaries are expected to do: prepare for war.-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Japan in the Cold War
The Self-Defense Force abroad
Mobilizing the military
The Constitution revisited
Relying on borrowed power.
Notes:
"Council on Foreign Relations books".
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780674987647
0674987640
OCLC:
1032708817