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dc.contributor.advisorWeiner, Robert J.
dc.contributor.authorKennedy, Veronica M.
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-26T19:21:43Z
dc.date.available2018-10-26T19:21:43Z
dc.date.issued2018-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/60418
dc.description.abstractWhen the largest earthquake ever recorded in Japan’s modern history struck on the afternoon of March 11, 2011 (3.11), the resulting tsunami and nuclear disaster contributed to the crisis quickly spinning out of control. While the central government’s reaction was lambasted by the media and the public, the positive reception of the Japanese Self-Defense Force’s (SDF) response efforts represented a possible shift in the place and perception of the organization. This research seeks to find what lasting effect, if any, 3.11 had on public opinion toward the SDF. It also investigates whether any such potential shift has an observable impact on Japan’s recent moves toward apparent normalization. It analyzes the events and trends during and following 3.11 as well as those surrounding comparable disasters in Japan’s past. Several modern case studies from disasters in Chile, Indonesia, and China are also analyzed to see if 3.11 can serve as a useful marker for determining shifts in civil-military relations in Japan and perhaps beyond. Findings reveal that 3.11 caused enduring positive trends in the SDF’s popularity even several years after the crisis as well as a recruitment surge in the years following. While overall changes in hard numbers and statistics were ultimately noteworthy yet modest, 3.11 and several of the case studies most importantly revealed an underlying and perhaps unmeasurable tectonic improvement in the relationship between the public and the SDF.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/andpublicopinion1094560418
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.title3.11 AND PUBLIC OPINION OF THE JAPANESE SELF-DEFENSE FORCES: TRENDING TOWARD NORMALIZATION?en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderMatei, Cristiana
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorJapanen_US
dc.subject.authorSelf Defense Forceen_US
dc.subject.authorSDFen_US
dc.subject.authorCivil-military relationsen_US
dc.subject.authortsunamien_US
dc.subject.authorearthquakeen_US
dc.subject.authorFukushimaen_US
dc.subject.author3.11en_US
dc.subject.authorpublic opinionen_US
dc.subject.authornormalizationen_US
dc.subject.authormilitarizationen_US
dc.subject.authorremilitarizationen_US
dc.subject.authorsecuritizationen_US
dc.subject.authorhumanitarian assistanceen_US
dc.subject.authordisaster reliefen_US
dc.subject.authorHA/DRen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Far East, Southeast Asia, the Pacific)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Far East, Southeast Asia, the Pacific)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.identifier.thesisid30369
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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