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'Surrounding Areas' and the recalibration of Japan's threat perception

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posted on 17.09.2014, 11:48 authored by Taku TamakiTaku Tamaki
The official narratives of Surrounding Areas in the 1997 New Guidelines are a curiosity: on the one hand, they signify Japan's readiness to increase its international involvement, while on the other hand, the geographical designation remains vague despite Japan's preoccupation with Asia. This suggests that Asia as Japan's neighbourhood is considered along with international developments to facilitate the emergence of an ambiguous language for Japanese policy makers as they seek to adapt to changes in the international environment. As such, the term 'Surrounding Areas' signifies Tokyo's anxieties in facing up to new challenges, as well as the willingness of the government to enhance Japan's international role while maintaining its status as a pacifist state. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011.

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  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

East Asia

Volume

29

Issue

2

Pages

187 - 213

Citation

TAMAKI, T., 2012. Surrounding Areas' and the recalibration of Japan's threat perception. East Asia, 29 (2), pp.187-213.

Publisher

© Springer Veralg

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2012

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The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12140-011-9172-x

ISSN

1096-6838

eISSN

1874-6284

Language

en

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