External and internal factors shaping the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)
Terasawa, Katsuaki L.
Hildebrandt, Gregory G.
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This thesis examines factors shaping the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). It focuses on issues concerning Japan's financial resources to improve the JMSDF in the future and the level of complementarity between the JMSDF and the U.S. Navy. The examination reveals that there is a high level of complementarity overall between the JMSDF and the U.S. Pacific Fleet. This relationship is most likely going to continue into the future. The JMSDF most likely will not to have the financial resources it will need to enhance its inventory much beyond its current force level because of the mounting pressure of other domestic budgetary needs and a lower expected Gross National Product (GNP) rate of growth. It is concluded that the future direction of the JMSDF will be that of keeping an effective complementary relationship with that of the U.S. Navy.... Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
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