INAF-413 Japan's Search for Strategy
Spring for 2015-2016
This course will examine the search for security, prosperity and identity in modern Japan. The course opens with an introduction to the enduring elements of Japan’s Strategic Culture. In the second session the course introduces the Yoshida Doctrine of anti-communism, pro-business economic policies, alignment with the United States and passive security policy that guided Japan’s international orientation throughout the Cold War. The next three classes explore the post-Cold War transformation of Japan’s domestic political economy as well as legacy issues from the “1955 System” and the Second World War that have shaped the strategic debate. The second half of the class then turns outward to explore the dynamics of Japan’s contemporary relations with the United States and the other powers in Asia. The final class returns to the question of Japan’s strategy drawing on these case studies.
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