Japan's American Alliance: Forgoing Autonomy for Deterrence

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    Japan’s alliance with the United States remains the cornerstone of the country’s security policy. Indeed, the alliance has long delivered Japan considerable strategic advantages, such as greater deterrence of regional security threats. Yet the alliance has also come with costs. It has institu-tionalized Tokyo’s dependence on Washington, thus limiting the country’s strategic autonomy. This chapter examines how Japan has sought to manage the task of reconciling such tensions—between the often-conflicting goals of deterrence and autonomy. It argues that, while Japan has pursued autonomy where possible, it has repeatedly prioritized deterrence as the country’s primary national security goal
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReconsidering Postwar Japanese History: A Handbook
    Editors Simon Avenell
    Place of PublicationTokyo, Japan
    PublisherMHM Limited
    ISBN (Print)9784909286208
    Publication statusPublished - 2023

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