Explaining Japanese Antimilitarism: Normative and Realist Constraints on Japan's Security Policy

@article{Izumikawa2010ExplainingJA,
  title={Explaining Japanese Antimilitarism: Normative and Realist Constraints on Japan's Security Policy},
  author={Yasuhiro Izumikawa},
  journal={International Security},
  year={2010},
  volume={35},
  pages={123-160}
}
  • Yasuhiro Izumikawa
  • Published 2010
  • Political Science
  • International Security
  • Since the late 1990s, Japan has sent increasing numbers of its military forces overseas. It has also assumed a more active military role in the U.S.-Japan alliance. Neither conventional constructivist nor realist approaches in international relations theory can adequately explain these changes or, more generally, changes in Japan's security policy since the end of World War II. Instead, Japan's postwar security policy has been driven by the country's powerful antimilitarism, which reflects the… CONTINUE READING
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