The Japanese Defense Debate: A Growing Consensus
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The attitudes of a nations people and its policymakers toward national security are shaped by three factors their perceptions of the relative strengths of friend and foe, to include the willingness of each to use force their perceptions of their own nations military and economic vulnerability and the current political climate, which can determine how policy alternatives are presented and discussed. These factors underwent significant change in Japan in the 1970s. Accordingly, those Japanese groups most concerned with defense policy have had to adapt to new realities. It is worth noting that at no point have the key actors stopped to ask, Should Japan rearm Instead, they have responded to the question How should Japan defend itself and its interests As a result, there are no sharp breaks from past policy to be found, even though we can see clearly identifiable changes in orientation in the last decade.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations