Japan’s Shifting Military Priorities: Counterbalancing China’s Rise

  title={Japan’s Shifting Military Priorities: Counterbalancing China’s Rise},
  author={B. Gr{\o}nning},
  journal={Asian Security},
  pages={1 - 21}
Abstract This article analyzes the most recent phase of Japan’s security policy reform, focusing on its shifting priorities towards the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the Japan–US alliance since mid-2010. From a realist perspective, it argues that these shifting military priorities first and foremost represent a traditional counterbalancing response to China’s rise. Conforming to the logic inherent in balance of threat theory, it moreover argues that this balancing behavior is explained by a… Expand
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