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Beyond the security alliance

This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of Japan’s new security partnerships with Australia, India, countries and multilateral security structure in East Asia, as well as with the EU and some of its member states.

Most books on Japanese bilateral relations focus exclusively on the Japanese perspective, the debate in Japan, positions of Japanese government leaders and parties, or the public discourse. This edited volume is organized in pairs of chapters, one each analysing the motivations and objectives of Japan, and a second analysing those of each of the most important new security partners.

After solely relying on the United States for its national security needs during the Cold War, since the end of the Cold War, Japan has begun to deepen its bilateral security ties. Since the mid-2000s under LDP and DPJ administrations, bilateral security partnerships accelerated and today go beyond non-traditional security issue are as and extend far into traditional security and military affairs, including the exchange and joint acquisition of military hardware, military exercises, and capacity building. It is argued, that these developments will have implications for the security architecture in the Asia-Pacific.

This book is a primer for those interested in Japan’s security policy beyond the US-Japan security alliance, non-American centred bilateral and multilateral security cooperation through the eyes of Japanese as well as partner country perspectives. It is also an ideal as a course reading for graduate courses on regional security cooperation and strategic partnerships, and Japanese foreign and security policy.

the US navy in the South China Sea, since these activities could be seen by China as a provocative act (on the part of the Philippines), making it more difficult to peacefully resolve the territorial dispute. President Duterte’s foreign policy gambit of gravitating closer to Beijing while alienating Washington has unsettled both the US and Japan (Baviera, 2016: 204–205). Puzzled by the changes in Philippine foreign policy, the Japanese government decided to persevere with its nuanced or unique approach in dealing with the Philippines. A

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, 2003: 171). While many observers argued that ASEAN was primarily concerned about China’s reaction (Green, 2003: 171; Tanaka, 2000 : 282–284), a more accurate characterisation would be that ASEAN was no longer interested in having a special relationship with Japan that was closer than its relationship with China. Indeed, ASEAN members have always been leery about having anything other than an equidistant relationship with the great powers. According to a senior Philippine foreign policy intellectual, ASEAN wants ‘an equidistant relationship with all the big powers

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