Factors affecting Japanese defense policy
Gauthier, John S.
Jones, Lawrence R.
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This thesis describes many of the important factors influencing the process of Japanese defense policy formulation. The questions posed include (1) What will Japan's Role be in the emerging international security structure? (2) What internal factors affecting defense policy need to be better understood by U.S. policy makers? (3) What are some implications of the decision-making process and political situation in Japan for the U.S.? The national debate in Japan about defense is analyzed with a description of the major advocacy groups, as well as the influence of the press and public opinion. Political, historical, and social forces are examined, as well as the Japanese defense policy-making process. The thesis also examines the Japanese response to the Persian Gulf Crisis of 1990-91, to gain a current perspective on Japanese attitude toward defense and security issues. Conclusions are drawn to answer the initial questions and to propose what the U.S. may expect from Japan in the Area of defense matters in the future.
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