Does Japan Become a Member of International Society


Source: CCTV America


In 16 July this year, security bills were passed through the Lower House of the Diet in Japan, so too through the Upper House in 19 September.  These series of bills allow Japanese military to fight overseas for the first time since the end of the Second World War, in exercising the right of collective self-defense sanctioned by the Article 51, Charter of UN.    Most Japanese and Japanese media, naive about politics and the International affairs especially about wars/conflicts, argue that these are ‘laws of war’ or against the concept of democracy; however, these claims are not right on the mark.

Simply stated, these laws don’t mean Japan can wage wars whenever Japan wants to.  These laws will absolutely be restricted only to the exercise of self-defense, which doesn’t necessarily enhance the possibility of Japan’s being willy-nilly forced to get embroiled in US-led wars, partly on the ground of the Case Concerning Military and Paramilitary Activities in and against Nicaragua.  In addition, prerequisite for the use of force stipulates three situations: “when Japan is attacked, or when a close ally is attacked, and the result threatens Japan’s survival and poses a clear danger to people”, “when there is no other appropriate means available to repel the attack and ensure Japan’s survival and protect its people”, and “use of force is restricted to a necessary minimum”.  It may be natural for Japanese people to think that Japan will go wars, but according to these stipulations and civil-military relations discussed in our class, it must be a premature thinking.

Internationally, this event may have a massive impact not only over the problems in the Middle East, but also over disputes in the South China Sea where China has been building islands against UNCLOS.


Source: BBC News

Philippines and U.S are alliance partners, so if China will continue this violent action on a threst of Phillipines’ security, it is not surprising that military conflicts may occur between China and U.S.  In this situation, this security bills could enable Japannese military to resort to the use of force because this sea-lane is very important for import-dependent Japan and provide logistical support to U.S military.  In this April, PM Shinzo Abe was on the platform in the U.S Congress, which may have a driving power for him to push through security bills, in anticipation of a whirl of criticism from China as well as Japanese people.  It is no exaggeration to say that Mr. Abe chose to strengthen the alliance with U.S to become responsible for international affairs, not to schmear China.


6 thoughts on “Does Japan Become a Member of International Society

  1. Definitely an interesting read. Having recently talked about this in another class it is good to read-up on some more information involving this particular situation. It seems to be a fairly monumental change in international relations. As more and more countries are able to expand internationally the world becomes an even more connected place.


  2. While there are three stipulations for the use of force it makes me wonder how effective it will be at preventing it. There can be a lot of ambiguity in the wording of the laws that can be used under different circumstances. It reminds me of how technically the president of the U.S. cannot declare war but can send in small forces. With Iraq these small forces ended up leading to a full blown war with the surge. Who is to say that Japan will not find a similar reason to send troops somewhere eventually with comparable circumstances?


  3. Thank you for your blog post.

    You mentioned that “It may be natural for Japanese people to think that Japan will go wars” and “it must be a premature thinking”, but I don’t agree to your opinion because if having war brings benefit to Japan I believe there is no reason to Japan to go war. For example, after the WWII Japan rebuild the economy by joining the Korea war. It brought huge economical growth to Japan, and it was enough to rebuild their society that was destroyed during WWII. Also, Japan could change the image of their country which was enemy of US and Allied Forces to country that supports democracy. There is so many reason and variables that Japan can go to war again if it benefit their country in any way.


  4. This is a good change in policy in regards to U.S.-Japanese relations. Currently the U.S. Military is stationed at 3 locations in Japan, if Japan’s SDF is given more leeway and operational capacity then the amount of U.S. personnel will be able to be cut down and have the SDF take over missions formerly covered by the U.S.


  5. Interesting post! I am curious as to whether or not the DPRK has anything to do with Japan seeking to expand its military capabilities, considering the viability of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, as well as the potential of its nuclear arsenal’s projection capacity to reach the Japanese mainland. I do not doubt that Japan views North Korea as a threat to its security; however, I am now beginning to wonder if this strategic move on behalf of Japan is actually geared toward confrontation with the DPRK and not China.


  6. Really interesting post, thank you. I think that this will definitely have a large impact on Japans role internationally. Japans military presence, even in name, will undoubtedly be a boon to their allies. The provisions required for Japan to enter into a war will hopefully keep its forces out of meaningless and unnecessary conflicts.


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