In the aftermath of WWII, "deterring war rather than waging it has become the purpose of Japan's military power," yet "Japanese leaders today value their military as an instrument of national policy and are far more willing to use this instrument as a means of Japan's contribution to global security challenges than in the past."
In this talk, Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, will discuss the origins and impact of recent changes in Japan's attitude toward the use of its military in engaging in international disputes. These changes have partly been a response to the growing military power of China and North Korea, but are also an answer to calls from the United States for greater participation by Japanese forces both in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world.
Sheila A. Smith is the author of Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power (Harvard University Press, 2019), Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China (Columbia University Press, 2015), and Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance (Council on Foreign Relations, June 2014). She is also the author of the CFR interactive guide, "Constitutional Change in Japan."
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