Japan's Security Strategy in Transition with Daniel M. Kliman
In his recent book, Japan’s Security Strategy in the Post-9/11 World: Embracing a New Realpolitik, Daniel Kliman argues that the years following September 11, 2001, have marked a turning point in Japan’s defense strategy. Utilizing poll data from Japanese newspapers as well as extensive interview material, Mr. Kliman chronicles the erosion of normative and legal restraints on Tokyo’s security policy. In particular, he notes that both Japanese elites and the general public increasingly view national security from a realpolitik perspective. Japan’s more realpolitik orientation has coincided with a series of precedent-breaking defense initiatives. Mr. Kliman explains these initiatives as the product of four mutually interactive factors: foreign threats, U.S. expectations, prime ministerial leadership, and generational change.