Sheila A. Smith - Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

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In effect since 1946, Article Nine of Japan’s constitution states that the Japanese people “forever renounce the use of force as a means of settling international disputes.” In the face of recent shifts in East Asian geopolitics, however, “forever” may be coming to an end. When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently suggested revising Article Nine, there was little public outcry. In this detailed analysis, Smith, senior fellow for Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of Intimate Rivals, traces the cracks in Japan’s long adherence to the U.S-imposed ban on offensive military action, not only to increased threats from North Korean missiles and Chinese maritime activities, but to a growing instability in Japanese-U.S. relations, such that Japanese leaders feel they can’t rely on the U.S. to defend them in the event of war.


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ISBN: 9780674987647
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Published: Harvard University Press - April 8th, 2019

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