Tag: Japanese Politics and International Relations,


A Neoclassical Realist Account of Abe’s attempt at Constitutional Reinterpretation

Why did Japan recently begin a serious attempt to revise/reinterpret the constitution to allow the right to collective self-defense in the early 2010s? This is a serious research puzzle for the researchers of Japan’s International Relations. The primary aim of this paper is to put forward an alternative, yet theoretically rigorous explanation for it. The


The 1970s Global Food Crisis and Japan’s Food Security Strategy

During the Allied Occupation, Japan imported notable amount of agricultural products from the United States through the food aid program, and even once it regained its independence, it continued to be a major market for the U.S. However, the global food crisis in the early 1970s highlighted the fragility of Japan’s food supply system and


A Democratic Solution for Japan’s Fading Political Public Space: Constitutional Inquiry into Article 1

With the upper house election scheduled for July 2016, the topic of constitutional amendments is gaining growing attention in Japan. While Article 9 of Japan’s post-World War II Constitution, which defines the country’s position in terms of war and military, continues to be the centre of public controversy, the nation’s debates on Article 1 –