Governing Insecurity in Japan: The Domestic Discourse and by Wilhelm Vosse

By Wilhelm Vosse

Since the tip of the chilly struggle, Japan's safety setting has replaced considerably. whereas, at the international point, the U.S. continues to be Japan's most vital safety companion, the character of the partnership has replaced because of moving calls for from the USA, new foreign demanding situations akin to the North Korean nuclear programme and the swift upward thrust of China. while, Japan has been faced with new, ‘non-traditional’ safety threats comparable to foreign terrorism, the unfold of infectious ailments, and international environmental difficulties. at the household point, demographic swap, labour migration, fiscal decline, office lack of confidence, and a weakening effect of coverage projects problem the sustainability of the approach to life of many eastern and feature resulted in a heightened feel of lack of confidence one of the jap public.

This publication specializes in the family discourse on lack of confidence in Japan and is going past army protection. The chapters conceal concerns equivalent to Japan’s growing to be conception of neighborhood and international lack of confidence; the altering position of army forces; the perceived threat of chinese language international funding; societal, cultural and labour lack of confidence and the way it truly is plagued by demographic alterations and migration; in addition to foodstuff lack of confidence and its demanding situations to well-being and public coverage. every one bankruptcy asks how the japanese public perceives those insecurities; how those perceptions effect the general public discourse, the most stakeholders of this discourse, and the way this impacts state-society family and executive rules.

Governing lack of confidence in Japan offers new insights into jap and foreign discourses on defense and lack of confidence, and the ways that defense is conceptualized in Japan. As such, it will likely be of curiosity to scholars and students engaged on jap politics, safety reports and overseas relations.

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Gabriele Vogt is Professor of Japanese Politics in the Institute for Asian and African Studies at the University of Hamburg. Prior to joining the University of Hamburg, she worked as a research fellow and served as a Deputy Director at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo. She was a visiting scholar at Chūō University and Sophia University, both in Tokyo, and held affiliations with the University of the Ryūkyūs in Okinawa and Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Her research focuses on Japan’s demographic change and labor market policies as well as international labor migration.

In 2004, the Japanese government decided to join the United States in developing and deploying a missile defense system. For Japan, this not only meant a heavy financial burden, but it also carried the potential risk that it might trigger a Chinese reaction and possibly an arms race in East Asia. This is more likely now, given the increasingly strained relations between China and Japan in recent years. 3 The majority of Japanese are in favor of Japan joining a missile defense system (MDS). 5 Support for MDS is shared almost equally among all age groups.

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