Arming Japan: Defense Production, Alliance Politics, and the Postwar Search for Autonomy

Author:   Michael J. Green
Publisher:   Columbia University Press
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9780231102858


Pages:   206
Publication Date:   20 August 1998
Format:   Paperback
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Arming Japan: Defense Production, Alliance Politics, and the Postwar Search for Autonomy


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Despite its Peace Constitution and close security ties to the United States, Japan designs and produces an extensive array of high-tech missiles, tanks, warships and aircraft. As much as these weapons are a testimony to the advancement of Japanese technology, they are also powerful symbols of the potential for Japanese political and military self-reliance. Yet, despite all of the advanced military hardware, Japan has not developed an autonomous military-industrial complex in the post-World War II period. Exploring the complicated issue of Japanese political and military autonomy in the half-century since World War II, this work focuses on the institutions, individuals, ideas and interests that have shaped Japanese policy in this area. The author demonstrates that the simple model of US pressure leading to Japanese response does not hold true; he shows instead the dynamic policy-making process involving such key players as government, industry, interest groups and the media. Particularly since the end of the Cold War, the issue of Japanese autonomy, versus alliance with the United States has become urgent. This text suggests the implications of this debate for Japan's future efforts to define a world role that balances military, technological, and economic power.

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Author:   Michael J. Green
Publisher:   Columbia University Press
Imprint:   Columbia University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.20cm , Length: 22.60cm
Weight:   0.312kg
ISBN:  

9780231102858


ISBN 10:   0231102852
Pages:   206
Publication Date:   20 August 1998
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Language:   English

Table of Contents

The Allure of Autonomy: Defense Production and Alliance, Defense Production and the Economy 2. On Sea, on Land, and Then On to Space! : The Growth of the Defense Industry's Political and Technological Base, 1950-1969 3. Self Defense to the Fore, Alliance to the Rear! : The Nixon Doctrine, the Fourth Defense Plan, and the Political Zenuth of Kokusanka, 1970-1976 4. The Emerging Paradox: Bilateral Defense Cooperation and the Growth of Technonationalism, 1976-1986 5. Return of the Zero Fighter! : The FSX Crisis 6. The Limits of Autonomy; The Shifting Defense Constituency in the FSX Debate 7. Defense Production and Alliance in a Post-Cold War World 8. Conclusion Epilogue

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Arming Japan is a very helpful addition to the literature, taking us beyond the narrower issue of Japan's defence policy and grappling with the more complex questions of how a nation's defence and security interact with its domestic industries....This is a compact book, concisely argued, very well researched and documented, drawing on a wealth of Japanese materials. It poses starkly a fundamental dilemma that Japan has had to confront throughout the postwar period-how 'independent' can it be in its defence and security policies? For these reasons, this book could make an excellent classroom text or discussion piece, and it is strongly recommended. It is, as one expects from Columbia, very well produced. -- Alan Rix, University of Queensland * Asian Studies Review * Green moves to the forefront of a new generation of Japan scholars, fluent in Japanese, sophisticated in alliance politics and dedicated to asking the right questions on both sides of the Pacific. Here, at last, is a brilliant analysis of how 'techno-nationalism' drives Japan's strategic view of the world. -- George R. Packard Rich in insight and coverage, and has made an important contribution to our knowledge of the political economy of Japanese military procurement policy. * Canadian Journal of Political Science * Reflects Green's expertise in Japanese politics, an understanding of the bureaucratic culture, and great skill at unraveling the nuances of the difficult and subtle Japanese language.... Arming Japan represents a real contribution to the literature on U.S.-Japan relations, Japanese politics and government, and international security policy. * The American Academy of Political and Social Science *


Arming Japan is a very helpful addition to the literature, taking us beyond the narrower issue of Japan's defence policy and grappling with the more complex questions of how a nation's defence and security interact with its domestic industries...This is a compact book, concisely argued, very well researched and documented, drawing on a wealth of Japanese materials. It poses starkly a fundamental dilemma that Japan has had to confront throughout the postwar period-how 'independent' can it be in its defence and security policies? For these reasons, this book could make an excellent classroom text or discussion piece, and it is strongly recommended. It is, as one expects from Columbia, very well produced. -- Alan Rix, University of Queensland, Asian Studies Review Green moves to the forefront of a new generation of Japan scholars, fluent in Japanese, sophisticated in alliance politics and dedicated to asking the right questions on both sides of the Pacific. Here, at last, is a brilliant analysis of how 'techno-nationalism' drives Japan's strategic view of the world. -- George R. Packard Rich in insight and coverage, and has made an important contribution to our knowledge of the political economy of Japanese military procurement policy. -- Canadian Journal of Political Science Reflects Green's expertise in Japanese politics, an understanding of the bureaucratic culture, and great skill at unraveling the nuances of the difficult and subtle Japanese language... Arming Japan represents a real contribution to the literature on U.S.-Japan relations, Japanese politics and government, and international security policy. -- The American Academy of Political and Social Science


Arming Japan is a very helpful addition to the literature, taking us beyond the narrower issue of Japan's defence policy and grappling with the more complex questions of how a nation's defence and security interact with its domestic industries...This is a compact book, concisely argued, very well researched and documented, drawing on a wealth of Japanese materials. It poses starkly a fundamental dilemma that Japan has had to confront throughout the postwar period-how 'independent' can it be in its defence and security policies? For these reasons, this book could make an excellent classroom text or discussion piece, and it is strongly recommended. It is, as one expects from Columbia, very well produced. -- Alan Rix, University of Queensland Asian Studies Review Green moves to the forefront of a new generation of Japan scholars, fluent in Japanese, sophisticated in alliance politics and dedicated to asking the right questions on both sides of the Pacific. Here, at last, is a brilliant analysis of how 'techno-nationalism' drives Japan's strategic view of the world. -- George R. Packard Rich in insight and coverage, and has made an important contribution to our knowledge of the political economy of Japanese military procurement policy. Canadian Journal of Political Science Reflects Green's expertise in Japanese politics, an understanding of the bureaucratic culture, and great skill at unraveling the nuances of the difficult and subtle Japanese language... Arming Japan represents a real contribution to the literature on U.S.-Japan relations, Japanese politics and government, and international security policy. The American Academy of Political and Social Science


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Michael J. Green is Olin Fellow for Asian Security at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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