Accession Number:

ADA227658

Title:

The Influence of Japanese Public Opinion and Government Policy on the Planning and Execution of U.S. - Japanese Bilateral Ground Exercises

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis Aug 1989-Jun 1990

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

145.0

Abstract:

The evolution of U.S. Japanese bilateral ground exercises has been characterized by progressive development but also by continual opposition from various segments of Japanese society and government. While many factors have influenced the evolution of bilateral ground exercises, two factors-- Japanese public opinion and government policy--have played a particularly important role. This study concludes that, to a considerable degree, negative Japanese public opinion and corresponding local government recalcitrance, government policy, pacifism, the news media, special interest groups, and the political opposition have shaped and continue to influence the planning and execution of U.S.- Japanese bilateral ground exercises. These influences threaten U.S. Army-JGSDF capabilities to fight bilaterally in a future conflict. Among the most significant consequences of this influence are inefficient, unrealistic training exercises, the lack of a unified command and control system, and the inability of bilateral forces to train on the specific ground they would fight on. Keywords Thesis Japan Army operationstraining Joint military activities Public opinion Military exercises United states military forces Foreign military forces.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE