Date of Graduation

Spring 2009


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

Robert Joseph


Japan, defense transformation, constitutional revision, Article 9, East Asia

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


As the international security environment continues to deteriorate, Japan has emerged as a key player in the stability of the East Asia region. Despite constitutional restrictions Japan has continued to develop an effective and efficient military force. Defense policy has evolved to include increased international participation. China and North Korea present the key threats to Japanese territory through military and missile programs. The increasing uncertainty in the region has acted as a call to Japan to fully engage its defense measures. The US-Japan alliance is the main component of stability in the region and Japan is tasked with maintaining the safety and security of its national interests and territories. Japan has answered the call for increased stability in the region by gauging the emerging challenges and threats within the region. By acquiring new and advanced defense technology with the intention of protecting against threats, Japan has strengthened its position in the region. This thesis looks at the regional picture, defense policy, and technology advancements to illustrate that Japan's position in the world is advancing to a normal state.


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