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Dismantling the Final Barrier: Transforming Japan into a “Normal Country” in the Post‐Cold‐War Era

Title
Dismantling the Final Barrier: Transforming Japan into a “Normal Country” in the Post‐Cold‐War Era
Author
김지영
Keywords
collective self-defense; security identity; antimilitarism; US-Japan alliance
Issue Date
2015-06
Publisher
WILEY-BLACKWELL
Citation
PACIFIC FOCUS, v. 30, No. 2, Page. 223-248
Abstract
Since the end of the Cold War, Japan has embraced a more active security policy. While some scholars interpret the change within the context of Japan's long-standing antimilitaristic security identity, others forewarn a fundamental shift with the potential to reorient Japan's national security policy. This article views that Japan has not stopped moving toward being a normal country, albeit with a slight limp, since the end of the Cold War and the speed of such movement has accelerated since the late 1990s. What, then, have been the main underlying conditions that accelerated such movement? How did changes in these conditions bring about the speedy shift in Japanese security policy? I seek to answer these questions through examining four critical periods that have exhibited significant transformations of Japan's security policy. The findings will help us to understand the shift in Japanese security norm since the end of the Cold War and its implications for East Asian security.
URI
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111%2Fpafo.12049?http://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/105981
ISSN
1225-4657; 1976-5118
DOI
10.1111/pafo.12049
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COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES & CULTURES[E](국제문화대학) > JAPANESE STUDIES(일본학과) > Articles
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