SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Constructing a More Active Role: The Norm-Shift and the Rise of Activism in Japan’s Security Policy after the Cold War

THIS EVENT IS ARCHIVED
Dr. Hiromi Fujishige

Date: 22 May 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 22 May 2017Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4426

Type of Event: Book Launch

The Department of Politics and International Studies and the Japan Research Centre are pleased to co-host the book launch for Constructing a More Active Role: The Norm-Shift and the Rise of Activism in Japan’s Security Policy after the Cold War by Dr. Hiromi Fujishige.

Abstract:

This book analyses Japan's security policy concerning the rising activism after the Cold War. In contrast to the traditional reluctance after World War II, Japan has become more and more willing to use its military power in the post-Cold War era. Today, Japan's Self Defence Forces (SDF) participate in peacekeeping operations and take a greater responsibility not only for East Asian regional stability but also more broadly for global security issues. Why has such a tremendous turn in the course of security policy been possible? Material considerations alone cannot lead us to convincing explanations for seemingly 'irrational' features of national security policy. Hence, the study employs a constructivist approach that pays attention to ideational factors as well as material calculations. Inter alia, it focuses on the 'military norm,' i.e. a social expectation of an appropriate state behaviour regarding the use of military power. I will argue that the rise of two positive (encouraging) military norms (the Liberal Order and the Self-Defence Norms) has gradually overwhelmed the traditional negative (prohibiting) norm (the Anti-Military Norm) since the early 1990s and has firmly established the dominance by the mid-2000s.

Chair: Professor Stephen Chan

No booking is necessary, and you are all warmly invited.

There will be a drinks reception afterwards.

Organiser: Marina English

Contact email: me11@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: 020 7898 4349

Sponsor: Politics and International Studies and the Japan Research Centre