RICHARD J. SAMUELS
Securing Japan: The Current Discourse
A new debate over grand strategy is underway in Japan—but its terms are
familiar. Like their nineteenth- and twentieth-century predecessors,
Japanese security planners choose between economic and military
instruments, between hard and soft power, among alliance partners, and
for or against construction of multilateral security regimes. The
revisionists who came to power in the early 2000s may supplant the
Yoshida Doctrine with one of their own. Many are critical of the U.S.
alliance and eager to achieve greater sovereignty, but few advocate a
complete break. All agree that a nondemocratic China is inimical to
Japanese interests. The “middle power” road—amended to allow a fuller
hedge against Chinese power and American decline—is in the offing.
33, Number 1 (Winter 2007)
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