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This series focuses on the broad field of Japanese Studies, aimed at the worldwide English language scholarly market, published in Tokyo in English. Each Handbook will contain an average of 20 newly written contributions on various aspects of the topic, which together comprise an up-to-date survey of use to scholars and students. The focus is on Humanities and Social Sciences.

Handbook of Japanese Security (Edited by Leszek Buszynski)

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Japan has risen in stature to become an important player not only in the Western Pacific, but the wider Indo-Pacific. From a defeated nation that adopted a pacifist constitution and demilitarization, Japan has been provoked by unwelcomed external events to ensure its security. It has faced a challenging security environment and specific threats that have transformed its domestic politics and given rise to debates about the relevance of its pacifist constitution. North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, and China’s pressure in the maritime Southwest and the South China Sea, as well as its belligerence over Taiwan, have raised Japanese fears of instability and conflict.  Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has alarmed Japan that China would similarly resort to force.  This present volume includes chapters by experts, Japanese as well as non-Japanese, who examine these issues and how Japan responds to a more threatening security environment while managing its domestic politics. They discuss the debate about the pacifist constitution, the alliance with the US, Japan’s quad partners, India and Australia and how Japan moves to maintain and protect a free and open regional and international order from which it has benefited.    

December, 2023, 432p. Hardback

ISBN: 9784909286567

¥28,875 (tax included)


Leszek Buszynski

Leszek Buszynski is an Honorary Professor with the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, Canberra Australia.  He has written extensively on Asia Pacific security issues and was co-editor (with Do Thanh Hai) ofMaritime Issues and Regional Order in the Indo-Pacific (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), and (also with Do Thanh Hai) of The South China Sea: From Regional Maritime Dispute to Geostrategic Competition (Routledge, 2020). He was the sole author of Geopolitics and the Western Pacific: China, Japan and the United States (Routledge, 2019).


David Arase, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China; Benjamin Ascione, Waseda University, Tokyo; Lindsay Black, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) in the Netherlands; H. D. P. Envall, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University; Tamotsu Fukuda, Toyo Eiwa University, Tokyo; Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi, University of Tokyo; Purnendra Jain, University of Adelaide, Australia; Paul Kallender, Keio Research Institute; Rikki Kersten, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Australian National University; Yoji Koda, Vice Admiral Ret., Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force; Tsuneo Konishi, retired from the Justice Ministry of Japan; Hideya Kurata, National Defense Academy (NDA), Japan; 

Dongkeun Lee, Australian National University; Satoshi Machida, University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK); Mary M. McCarthy,  Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa; Dai Mochinaga, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo; Kousuke Saitou, Sophia University, Tokyo; Tomoyuki Sasaki, College of William & Mary, Virginia; Daiki Shibuichi, Independent researcher; Tomohito Shinoda, International University of Japan; Toshiya Takahashi, Shoin University, Japan; Thomas Wilkins, University of Sydney.

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