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Japan's Security Renaissance: New Policies and Politics for the Twenty-First Century

Andrew L. Oros


For decades after World War II, Japan chose to focus on soft power and economic diplomacy alongside a close alliance with the United States, eschewing a potential leadership role in regional and global security. Since the end of the Cold War, and especially since the rise of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan's military capabilities have resurged. In this analysis of Japan's changing military policy, Andrew L. Oros shows how a gradual awakening to new security challenges has culminated in the multifaceted "security renaissance" of the past decade. Despite openness to new approaches, however, thr ... More

Keywords: US-Japan alliance, Shinzo Abe, Senkaku islands, US-Japan alliance, Japan National Security Strategy, aging society, economic stagnation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172615
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew L. Oros, author
Washington College