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Demilitarization in the Contemporary World$
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Peter Stearns

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037894

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037894.001.0001

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Japan’s Remilitarization and Constitutional Revision

Japan’s Remilitarization and Constitutional Revision

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(p.127) 6 Japan’s Remilitarization and Constitutional Revision
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Demilitarization in the Contemporary World
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Christopher W. Hughes

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037894.003.0007

This chapter reevaluates the use of remilitarization in order to understand the contemporary trajectory of Japanese security policy and to demonstrate its strengths. The application of the term “remilitarization” can provide a powerful analytical and theoretical framework to discern the nature and significance of Japan's changing security policy. First, the concept of remilitarization assists in identifying those military components present in all societies, including Japan, that are subject to contestation and thus open the way to substantive change in military security policy. Second, the concept of remilitarization as a dynamic process over time is an important reminder to search for the possibilities of significant change in a society's military stance.

Keywords:   remilitarization, Japan, Japanese security policy, military components, military security, military stance

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