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Defending the Japanese State: Structures, Norms and the Political Responses to Terrorism and Violent Social Protest in the 1970s and 1980s

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Based on extensive interviewing and documentary analysis, Defending the Japanese State offers the most extensive English-language analysis available of the organizational structures and normative foundations that have shaped Japan's security policy as it was challenged by terrorists and violence-prone social activists since the late 1960s. Along with Japan's National Security, 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 | List of FIgures | List of Abbreviations | Preface

  • Introduction

Part 1 An Overview of Terrorism and Violent Protest

  • Historical Overview Four Phases of Left-Wing Political Mobilization, 1969-1990
  • Left-Wing Terrorist Organizations and Violent Groups
  • Right-Wing Terrorist Organizations and Violent Groups

Part 2 The Japanese Police before 1945

  • Historical Overview Police Organization
  • The Normative Foundations of Police Power
  • Police Practices

Part 3 The Structure of the Japanese Police and Intelligence Services

  • Institutional Structures and the Internal Security
  • Police and Society Transnational Police Links

Part 4 The Normative Context of Japan's Policy of Internal Security

  • Domestic Norms International Norms

Part 5 Japan's Policy of Internal Security

  • Domestic Policies and Internal Security
  • International Policies and Internal Security


  • Appendix: The Incident of Japanese and German Terrorism: Statistical Comparisons (Tables A-1 - A-13)
  • References

  • "Both volumes are indispensable introductions for those interested in the fields of domestic and national security policy in Japan. Defending the Japanese State can be credited as the first extensive inquiry, in either Japanese or English, on police and intelligence activities by the Japanese state. It 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
  • "Considered together, [these two books] provide an extensive report on Japan's policies of internal and external security in recent decades. This accomplishment has significant value because, as the authors note, these topics have attracted little scholarly attention. As informative works, they prompt important questions about the direction of Japan's future security policies." — Journal of Asian Studies

  • Peter KATZENSTEIN is Walter S. Carpenter, Jr., Professor of International Studies at Cornell University.
  • Yutaka TSUJINAKA is Director of the Center for International, Comparative, and Advanced Japanese Studies at the University of Tsukuba. 

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