Japan and the Soviet Threat: Perceptions and Reactions.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Japan and the USSR occupy neighboring positions geographically, yet stand vastly separated due to historical and cultural reasons. A cloud of distrust permeates bilateral relations. Since 1978, greatly expanded Soviet military forces in Northeast Asia have been added to this unstable foundation. With such military power so close, one might think Japan would be acutely concerned. This paper examines the security perceptions of various Japanese groups, the Japn-USSR economic linkages to the security issue, and the extent which Japans ongoing defense programs represent a direct response to the Soviet threat. The US government would like to believe that Japn shares a similar security outlook of the USSR. This study demonstrates that marked differences currently exist, but suggests that Japanese perceptions of and responses to the Soviet threat are in a state of flux.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics