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Myths and Realities of Japanese Security Policy
- Narushige Michishita (Professor and the Director of the Security and International Studies Program at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS))
Professor Narushige Michishita will lead a discussion on “myths and realities of Japan’s security policy.” Here are some of the myths he will seek to refutate.
Myth: The SDF is not a military force.
Reality: The SDF is a full-fledged military force and one of the most powerful in the world.
Myth: Japan is committed to a nuclear-free world.
Reality: Japan regards US extended nuclear deterrence as an indispensable element of its security policy.
Myth: Japan is moving away from pacifism toward militarism.
Reality: Japan is moving away from isolationism (and exceptionalism) toward internationalism.
Myth: Japan will start playing a major role in global security affair if the constitution is reinterpreted.
Reality: Japan will start playing a slightly more important role if the constitution is reinterpreted.
Professor and the Director of the Security and International Studies Program at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Narushige Michishita is professor and the director of the Security and International Studies Program at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). Previously, he served as senior research fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Ministry of Defense and assistant counsellor at the Cabinet Secretariat for Security and Crisis Management of the Government of Japan. He acquired his Ph.D. from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. A specialist in Japanese security and foreign policy as well as security issues on the Korean Peninsula, his works include North Korea’s Military-Diplomatic Campaigns, 1966-2008 (Routledge, 2010). For more info visit: https://twitter.com/