Impact of Japan's Security Strategy and Policies on U.S National Security Interests in the Indo-Pacific
Technical Report,14 Aug 2017,15 Jun 2018
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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An implacable and formidable foe during the Second World War, Japan is now one of the United States most reliable and capable allies in the Indo-Pacific. A region in transition, the Indo-Pacific includes four of the worlds nine nuclear powers and the worlds three largest economies. Amidst a dynamic and devolving threat environment, the region is struggling to accommodate the dominant rise of China and an increasingly capable nuclear-armed North Korea. Against this unstable security backdrop, Prime Minister Shinzo Abes administration is taking unprecedented post-war actions to ensure Japans national security and prosperity. This study identified the Abe administrations omnidirectional Proactive Contribution to Peace approach to Japans national security strategy, focusing on its diplomatic, informational, military, and economic policies. Facing a regional security order increasingly dominated by China and punctuated by DPRK missile launches, Japan is entering a realist period marked by an assertive security mindset. Its anti-war national identity, democratic model of economic success, and military support role within the U.S.-Japan alliance have historically characterized Japans security outlook. However, Japans controversial reinterpretation of Article 9 and emerging leadership roles in regional frameworks such as the CPTPP illustrate Japans modern security awakening. As Japan strives to move past its imperialist wartime legacy and the security dilemma, its regional engagement and security activism may prove consequential for U.S. national security interests in the Indo-Pacific.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics