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Japan's security renaissance: new policies and politics for the twenty-first century

Japan's security renaissance: new policies and politics for the twenty-first century

Oros, Andrew, author

For decades after World War II, Japan chose to focus on soft power and economic diplomacy alongside a close alliance with the United States, eschewing a potential leadership role in regional and global security. Since the end of the Cold War, and especially since the rise of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan's military capabilities have resurged. In this analysis of Japan's changing military policy, Andrew L. Oros shows how a gradual awakening to new security challenges has culminated in the multifaceted "security renaissance" of the past decade. Despite openness to new approaches, however, three historical legacies'contested memories of the Pacific War and Imperial Japan, postwar anti-militarist convictions, and an unequal relationship with the United States'play an outsized role. In Japan's Security Renaissance Oros argues that Japan's future security policies will continue to be shaped by these legacies, which Japanese leaders have struggled to address. He argues that claims of rising nationalism in Japan are overstated, but there has been a discernable shift favoring the conservative Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party. Bringing together Japanese domestic politics with the broader geopolitical landscape of East Asia and the world, Japan's Security Renaissance provides guidance on this century's emerging international dynamics

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Published New York : Columbia University Press 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Andrew L. Oros
ISBN: 0231542593, 9780231172608, 9780231542593
Note: Print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language note: In English.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 272 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Other Number: 10.7312/oros17260
Series: Contemporary Asia in the world
Subject: Diplomatic relations.; Japan Foreign relations 1989-; Japan.; Japan Politics and government 1989-; National security Japan.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Security (National & International); Japan Strategic aspects.; History.; National security.; Politics and government.; Strategic aspects of individual places.
Series Title: Contemporary Asia in the world.


  1. Japan's twenty-first-century security renaissance
  2. The gradual awakening
  3. Japan's relative decline and new security challenges in a multipolar Asia
  4. Domestic power transitions and Japan's evolving strategic posture, 2006 to 2012
  5. Conclusion : implications and next steps in Japan's security renaissance.