ABSTRACT

Japan's Security Policy   [open pdf - 359KB]

"Based on 'the National Defense Program Outline in and after FY 1996', Japan is reshaping its defense capability, but it remains committed to four fundamentals: it maintains an exclusively defense-oriented policy, avoids developing military capabilities that might threaten other countries, adheres to non-nuclear principles, and upholds civilian control of the military. The Japan-U.S. Joint Declaration on Security: Alliance for the 21st Century in April 1996 reaffirmed the importance of the Japan-U.S. Security Arrangements. The declaration addressed bilateral cooperative efforts designed to increase the credibility of the security relationship and the initiation of a review of the 1978 Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation. This forum explains why Japan's Self-Defense Forces (SDF) need to develop joint operational expertise and overall intelligence capabilities for dealing with emergency situations. The SDF also needs to use defense diplomacy to help develop a more stable regional security environment."

Report Number:
Strategic Forum (May 1999), no.163
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Date:
1999-05
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Public Domain
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