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Japan's National Security: Structures, Norms and Policy Responses in a Changing World (Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize Winner 1994)

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Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize Winner 1994

Japan's National Security offers a detailed examination of Japan’s distinctive security policy.  It traces in considerable detail the evolution of Japan’s approach to the economic, political and military dimensions of national structures of government as well as a particular set of relations between state and society.  One of the noteworthy aspects of this book is its detailed attention to the transnational links between the Japanese and the American militaries.  The book accords a special place of the interaction between the legal and social norms that have affected Japanese conceptions of national security since 1945. Japan’s National Security offers an important, meticulously researched, and up-to-date perspective on the role that Japan is likely to play after the Cold War.Together with Defending the Japanese State (CEAS vol. no. 53), these two monographs analyze the structures and norms that are shaping Japan's policy on internal and national security. The specific focus is on governmental, state-society and transnational structures as well as the social and legal norms that affect the policies of Japan's police and self-defense forces. | 232 pages


  • List of Tables and Figure
  • Abbreviations
  • Preface
  • I.  Introduction
  • II. The Japanese Military and National Security before 1945
  • III.The Structural Context of Japan's National Security Policy
  • IV. The Normative Context of Japan's National Security Policy
  • V.  Japan's National Security Policy
  • VI. Conclusion
  • References
  • Appendix

  • "Both volumes are indispensable introductions for those interested in the fields of domestic and national security policy in Japan. Defending the Japanese State (CEAS No. 53) can be credited as the first extensive inquiry, in either Japanese or English, on police and intelligence activities by the Japanese state. Japan's National Security [CEAS No. 58] provides a comprehensive and updated discussion of Japan's economic, military, and political security policies with regard to U.S.-Japan relations. Each volume deserves praise for its richness in information, attained through extensive bibliographical survey and interviews." — Journal of Japanese Studies


  • Peter J. Katzenstein is Professor of International Studies at Cornell University.
  • Nobuo Okawara is Professor in the Faculty of Law at Kyushu University.

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