Japan's Defence : Challenges and Future Directions

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecurity and Conflict in East Asia
EditorsAndrew T. H. Tan
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages153-163
ISBN (Electronic)9781315850344
ISBN (Print)9781857437171
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2015

Abstract

This chapter begins with an overview of Japan's major security changes since Abe's political resurrection, focusing in particular on the defence of the Sakishima Islands in the Ryukyu Archipelago. It argues that while rising nationalist sentiments have created a propitious environment for conservative political actors to pursue a more assertive defence posture, China's burgeoning military power and Japanese perceptions of its mounting aggressiveness in the East China Sea and adjacent waters are directly contributing to these changes. The Sakishima Islands thus constituted a gap in Japan’s defence between Okinawa Main Island and Taiwan. By the late 2000s US and Japanese defence planners had begun to recognize the importance of addressing this deficiency and focused initial efforts on Yonaguni, Japan's westernmost point. Japan has been swept by a rising tide of nationalism since the early 1990s. China's regional assertiveness vis-à-vis Japan is driven by a mix of nationalism, geoeconomics and geopolitics.

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Japan's Defence : Challenges and Future Directions. / Williams, Brad.

Security and Conflict in East Asia. ed. / Andrew T. H. Tan. London : Routledge, 2015. p. 153-163 15.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)