Japan's Foreign Policy: Metamorphosis in Asia
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Japans traditional post-war policies are becoming increasingly more autonomous from those of the U.S., despite the fact that her defense policy remains linked to the U.S. Japan Security Treaty. The alternatives open to Japan are diverse, each with a wide range of effects, but the validity of the U.S, committment will be the chief determinant of the options selected. Nearly every element of Japans post-war policies has been dictated by the need to guarantee her economic viability. Her post-war defense posture, despite internal and external pressures, has been predicated upon a policy of absolute minimum defense. A major factor in Japans move towards independence is her new relation with the Asian nations, specificially, the PRC and the USSR and the countries she considers to be primary threats to her security - Korea and Taiwan. Japans future policy alternatives encompass a wide range of options, each dependent upon a given set of circumstances or events which could conceivably make any one policy choice inevitable.
- Government and Political Science