By Christopher W. Hughes
Major Minister Abe Shinzō's international and defense policy—highly charged with ideological and ancient revisionism—contains the capability to shift Japan onto a brand new foreign trajectory. Its measure of articulation and effort makes for an 'Abe doctrine' in a position to displacing the 'Yoshida Doctrine' that has been Japan's guiding grand technique within the post-war interval. Abe has already all started to introduce radical rules that glance to remodel nationwide protection coverage right into a extra muscular army stance, bolster US-Japan alliance ties to operate more and more for local and international protection, and try and encircle China's impression in East Asia. The 'Abe Doctrine' is dynamic but additionally high-risk. Abe's revisionism comprises primary contradictions which may eventually restrict the effectiveness, or perhaps defeat, the doctrine, and alongside the way in which inflict collateral harm on kinfolk with East Asia and Japan's personal nationwide pursuits.
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Japanese administrations have further maintained that logistical support for collective security operations is prohibited in instances that it is for a state engaged in using force during a conflict and is deemed to form an ‘integral part’ of the use of force by that state (ittaika). Japanese governments keen to expand the JSDF’s security responsibilities have regarded this interpretation as problematic in that it restricts Japan’s participation not only in collective security operations, but even potentially assisting the US through the mechanism of the US–Japan alliance and providing bases and other rear area support in conflict situations.
The new NSC is modeled along the lines of the US and UK versions, consisting of the prime minister, chief cabinet secretary and foreign and defence ministers, with a secretariat headed by Yachi Shōtarō, a former Administrative Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Abe’s key foreign policy adviser. 3 In parallel, Abe established a Prime Minister’s Advisory Panel on National Security and Defence Capabilities, chaired by Kitaoka Shinichi, a former University of Tokyo Professor and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, which began to deliberate from September onwards.
At the same time, the statement stressed that Japan’s right of self-defence was not limitless. It argued that Japan’s exercise of the right of self-defence should be recognised only in response to imminent unlawful situations where the people’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is fundamentally overturned because of an armed attack by another state, and as an unavoidable step for safeguarding these rights, and when restricted to the minimum necessary for repelling these situations.
Japan's Foreign and Security Policy Under the 'Abe Doctrine': New Dynamism or New Dead End? by Christopher W. Hughes