In the last fifteen years, Japan has embarked on a comprehensive revision of its security and defense policies. In addition, the Japanese government has begun to actively consider revision of some of its long-held principles in Japanese security policy, such as Article Nine of the postwar constitution. Moreover, institutional frameworks and practices within both civilian and military components of Japan’s defense establishment have been re-organized and re-oriented to reflect new missions and priorities. The presentation examines the evolution of Japan's security institutions, existing legal frameworks and emerging defense strategy since the end of the Cold War. In tracking the changes in Japanese thinking, doctrine and action, the presentation details a cross-section of perspectives that explain the implications of Japan's new defense establishment both for Japanese domestic politics and for the geopolitical balance of East Asia.
Andrew Oros is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at WashingtonCollege. His research focuses on Japanese international relations and security. He is the co-editor of and contributor to "Japan's New Defense Establishment: Institutions, Capabilities, and Implications" (StimsonCenter, 2007), "Can Japan Come Back?" (Pacific Council, 2003), and "Culture in World Politics" (Macmillan Press, 1998). His forthcoming book "Normalizing Japan: Politics, Identity, and the Evolution of Security Practice" is under contract at Stanford University Press. His work also has appeared in Japan Forum, Intelligence and National Security, the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Millennium, and the Review of Policy Studies.