450 Journal of Japanese Studies 46:2 (2020) If Japan Rearmed had taken its conclusions to the logical end of the evi- dence presented, it would stand out further still from many of the other most infl uential current works on Japan’s security. Nevertheless, it still stands as one of the highest quality works on Japan’s security policy and is a tremen- dous read. Japan’s New Security Partnerships: Beyond the Security Alliance. Edited by Wilhelm Vosse and Paul Midford. Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2018. xiv, 247 pages. £80.00, cloth; £22.50, paper; £96.00, E-book. Reviewed by H. D. P. Envall Australian National University Since Abe Shinzo ¯ became prime minister in 2012, Japan has undertaken a series of major reforms to its national security policy. These reforms have encompassed changes to the country’s political institutions, defense strate- gies and force structure, role in the alliance with the United States, and approach to diplomacy in the Asia-Pacifi c. Whether these efforts constitute a transformation of Japanese security, or are more evolution than revolu- tion, has been the subject of much debate among those studying Japanese security politics. In terms of Japan’s Asia-Pacifi c diplomacy, Abe’s reforms have indeed contained elements of both
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