The Self-Defense Forces and Postwar Politics in Japan
Translated by Noda Makito
Published by JPIC | Hardcover| ISBN 978-4-916055-74-3 | 388 pages | 220mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2017
About the Book
In 1947, Japan eternally renounced war and the possession of armed forces with its constitution. How, then, did the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) survive, moreover, evolve over the ensuing 70 years into the prominent presence it is today? Sado Akihiro reviews the JSDF's history chiefly from the viewpoint of restrictions imposed on it by civil officials of the national bureaucracy, based on lessons gleaned from the arbitrary conduct of the military in pre-World War II days. He also explores the financial constraints placed on the JSDF in the form of a percentage of the GNP. This book traces the inside story of U.S.-Japan relations and Japan's defense policy. It attempts to shine a light on the true state of the JSDF in the midst of new challenges that put it at a crossroads, including post-9/11 international terrorism, North Korean nuclear development, and China's increased military presence in Asia.
About the Author
Born in Fukuoka prefecture in 1958, Sado Akihiro graduated from the Faculty of Law, Gakushin University in 1983 and the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1989 and earned his Ph.D. in political science at Gakushin University. Presently, Sado is professor at the School of Business and Public Policies of Chukyo University.
His recent publications include: Jieitai-shi: Boei seisaku no 70-nen [History of Japan Self-Defense Forces:70 years of defense policy] (2015); Jietai-shi ron: Sei-kan-gun-min no 60-nen [Historiography of the Japan Self-Defense Forces: 60 years of government-bureaucracy-military-civilian relations] (2015); Okinawa gendai seiji-shi [Contemporary political history of Okinawa] (2014); Gendai Nippon seiji-shi (5): Kaikaku seiji no konmei [Contemporary political history of Japan (5): Reform politics in a confusion] (2012); and Sengo Nippon no boei to seiji [National defense and politics in postwar Japan] (2003).
"While much of the historical narrative in Sado's book will be familiar to students of Japan, there are many unique nuggets in this book that will be of great interest. For example, in showing how each of the three defense forces was founded, the author adds new details that the reader may not be aware of."
William L. Brooks, June 12, 2019
Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
“Sado Akihiro has written a highly readable, well-researched and informative book that offers a conservative interpretation of Japan's Self-Defense Forces, the name it gives its post-war military. Experts and students alike will find this a valuable volume.”
Paul Midford, April 2019
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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