Militarising Japan's Southwest Islands : Local Politics, Impediments to Regional Engagement and Security Dilemmas

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPresented - 18 Feb 2015

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TitleGlobal IR and Regional Worlds: An New Agenda for International Studies
PlaceUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period18 - 21 February 2015

Abstract

This paper sheds light on a relatively underexplored aspect of Japan's recent security changes by examining the subnational level where the impact has been far-reaching. It focuses on Japan’s maritime frontier zone: the Yaeyama Islands located at the southwestern end of the Japanese archipelago and administered as part of Okinawa Prefecture. It argues that while Yaeyama militarisation has been primarily a national response to China’s perceived assertiveness in the East China Sea, it has also been facilitated by the strategic actions of local political elites, in cooperation with sympathetic extra-local forces. Political elites from two islands, Yonaguni and Ishigaki, have been motivated primarily by diverging material and ideational factors. Yaeyama militarisation has not only diminished enthusiasm for seeking autonomy and enhancing economic security through microregional cooperation, but has also enhanced local-level insecurities while creating and exacerbating divisions.

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Militarising Japan's Southwest Islands : Local Politics, Impediments to Regional Engagement and Security Dilemmas. / WILLIAMS, Bradley.

2015. Global IR and Regional Worlds: An New Agenda for International Studies, New Orleans, United States.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)33_Other conference paper