Japan’s Security Identity: From a Peace State to an International State by Bhubhindar Singh (review)

Japan’s Security Identity: From a Peace State to an International State by Bhubhindar Singh... Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 35, No. 3 (2013), pp. 462–64 DOI: 10.1355/cs35-3k © 2013 ISEAS ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Japan’s Security Identity: From a Peace State to an International State. By Bhubhindar Singh. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013. Hardcover: 212pp. How have Japan’s security policies changed from the Cold War period to the post–Cold War period? In Japan’s Security Identity: From a Peace State to an International State, Bhubhindar Singh seeks to answer this question as he traces the evolution of Japan’s security policies over recent decades. The book’s focus is ostensibly on the period from the end of the Cold War until the 2009 lower house election, although it also provides a comprehensive account of Japan’s security policies since the 1950s. At different points, it discusses such diverse events as the creation of the 1957 Basic Policy on National Defense, the 1976 National Defense Program Outline, and the 2010 National Defense Program Guidelines, among others. The overall aim of Japan’s Security Identity is to analyze “what these changes mean for Japanese security policy and what kind of role(s) Japan would assume in … regional and security affairs in the post-Cold War period” (p. 2). The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Japan’s Security Identity: From a Peace State to an International State by Bhubhindar Singh (review)

Japan’s Security Identity: From a Peace State to an International State by Bhubhindar Singh (review)


Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 35, No. 3 (2013), pp. 462–64 DOI: 10.1355/cs35-3k © 2013 ISEAS ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Japan’s Security Identity: From a Peace State to an International State. By Bhubhindar Singh. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013. Hardcover: 212pp. How have Japan’s security policies changed from the Cold War period to the post–Cold War period? In Japan’s Security Identity: From a Peace State to an International State, Bhubhindar Singh seeks to answer this question as he traces the evolution of Japan’s security policies over recent decades. The book’s focus is ostensibly on the period from the end of the Cold War until the 2009 lower house election, although it also provides a comprehensive account of Japan’s security policies since the 1950s. At different points, it discusses such diverse events as the creation of the 1957 Basic Policy on National Defense, the 1976 National Defense Program Outline, and the 2010 National Defense Program Guidelines, among others. The overall aim of Japan’s Security Identity is to analyze “what these changes mean for Japanese security policy and what kind of role(s) Japan would assume in … regional and security affairs in the post-Cold War period” (p. 2). The argument, as the subtitle indicates, is that between these two periods Japan has moved from a peace state to an international-state identity. As Singh explains, the “role conceptions or identity that determine Japan’s role in regional and international security affairs” have shifted, with Japanese policymakers recognizing that the country’s “Cold War approach … was inappropriate in the post-Cold War period” (p. 3). Adopting key elements of Constructivism from International Relations theory, Singh sets up a complex conceptual...
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Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 35, No. 3 (2013), pp. 462–64 DOI: 10.1355/cs35-3k © 2013 ISEAS ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Japan’s Security Identity: From a Peace State to an International State. By Bhubhindar Singh. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013. Hardcover: 212pp. How have Japan’s security policies changed from the Cold War period to the post–Cold War period? In Japan’s Security Identity: From a Peace State to an International State, Bhubhindar Singh seeks to answer this question as he traces the evolution of Japan’s security policies over recent decades. The book’s focus is ostensibly on the period from the end of the Cold War until the 2009 lower house election, although it also provides a comprehensive account of Japan’s security policies since the 1950s. At different points, it discusses such diverse events as the creation of the 1957 Basic Policy on National Defense, the 1976 National Defense Program Outline, and the 2010 National Defense Program Guidelines, among others. The overall aim of Japan’s Security Identity is to analyze “what these changes mean for Japanese security policy and what kind of role(s) Japan would assume in … regional and security affairs in the post-Cold War period” (p. 2). The

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