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The Self-Defense Forces and Postwar Politics in Japan

The Self-Defense Forces and Postwar Politics in Japan

Sado Akihiro
Translated by Noda Makito

Political Science

¥4,450

Published by JPIC | Hardcover| ISBN 978-4-916055-74-3 | 386 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

SADO Akihiro

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).

Review

“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, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

内容紹介

軍事をタブー視した戦後政治のなかで、自衛隊はどのように成長したのか。戦前の軍部独走の教訓をふまえ、内局官僚による統制と財政的制約を受けてきた自衛隊の歴史を探り、日米関係や防衛政策の内実を解明。さらに、英語版では、原書発行後の情勢をふまえて補論を加筆。いま転換点に立つ自衛隊の実態に鋭く迫る。

著者紹介

佐道明広

1958年、福岡県に生まれる。1983年、学習院大学法学部卒業。1989年、東京都立大学大学院社会科学研究科政治学専攻博士課程単位取得、学習院大学にて博士(政治学)。現在、中京大学総合政策学部教授。【主な編著書】『戦後日本の防衛と政治』吉川弘文館、2003年、『戦後政治と自衛隊』吉川弘文館、2006年、『沖縄現代政治史』吉田書店、2014年

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Original Japanese Version / 原書情報

戦後政治と自衛隊

戦後政治と自衛隊

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