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Japan’s Security Policy After 9/11: Still an Anomaly or Gradually Normalizing?

September 25, 2012 - 14:30-16:00

The 35th Stockholm Seminar on Japan

Lecturer: Professor Yoneyuki Sugita, Osaka University.

Professor Sugita has a PhD in history from University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He has almost 200 publications on topics ranging from U.S. history, Japan-US Relations and International Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region to healthcare.

This seminar examines Japan’s security policy after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. There is a strong tendency among observers to view Japan’s security policy in the post-World War II era as somehow anomalous, but gradually “normalizing” after the end of the Cold War. The argument of this presentation is that throughout the post-War period Japan has been interested not just in military security but in a comprehensive security that includes domestic tranquility and economic prosperity. As the terrorist attacks of 9/11 began to erode U.S. power and prestige, Japan was expected to play a more active security role. Japan’s security policy seemed to change dramatically, but the change was well thought out, careful, and flexible enough to avoid making Japan a permanent warmongering country and still not jeopardize the alliance with the US-Japan Alliance.

Moderator: Dr Linus Hagström, Senior Research Fellow, Swedish Institute of International Affairs.
Language: English

Venue: The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Drottning Kristinas väg 37, Stockholm.
The event is free of charge
Registration from 14.00
See the attached invitation for more information.
Japan’s Security Policy After 9/11: Still an Anomaly or Gradually Normalizing?


September 25, 2012