The Evolution of the US-Japan Alliance

The Evolution of the US-Japan Alliance

The Eagle and the Chrysanthemum

1st Edition - July 24, 2014

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  • Author: Matteo Dian
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780634470
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781843347668

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The US-Japan alliance has contributed significantly towards the development of the Japanese security strategy. The Evolution of the US-Japan Alliance explores developments in the alliance between the US and Japan and analyzes the transformation of the Japanese security strategy from 1960 to 2013. It also describes the rise and the decline of Japanese pacifism and of the Yoshida Doctrine, the post war security strategy. Moreover, this book highlights how the end of the Cold War forced Japan to rethink its security strategy and post war pacifism. Japan has abandoned its identity of “peaceful nation”, turning itself into a “normal national”, drawing closer to the United States.

Key Features

  • Provides readers with a theoretical framework through which they can make sense of the evolutions of the US-Japan alliance and the evolution of the Japanese security strategy throughout post war history
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the shifts in the Japanese security strategies and in the American foreign and security policies in the Asia Pacific region
  • Makes extensive use of primary sources
  • Addresses main debates on security alliances and security strategies
  • Incorporates the latest events such as the American Pivot to Asia


Researchers, professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, and general readers interested in international relations, international history, East Asia, Japanese foreign policy and American foreign policy

Table of Contents

    • List of figures and tables
      • Figures
      • Tables
    • List of acronyms
    • Acknowledgements
    • About the author
    • Preface
    • Timeline of events
    • 1. Asymmetric alliances in theory
      • Abstract:
      • Introduction
      • Security alliances in international relations theory
      • How alliances evolve: the alliance game
      • Hypotheses
      • From theory to history: outline of the book
    • 2. From creation of the alliance to the Nixon Doctrine (1960–9)
      • Abstract:
      • Introduction
      • Perceived threats during the 1960s
      • The Anpo and creation of the alliance
      • Japanese defence policies after 1960
      • Japan and the Vietnam War (1964–9)
      • Okinawa and American bases in Japan
      • Diplomacy and the China policy
      • Conclusion
    • 3. The Pacific alliance during détente (1969–78)
      • Abstract:
      • Introduction
      • Perceived threats during the 1970s
      • Japanese fear of abandonment and renewal of the alliance
      • Kokusanka and the pursuit of military autonomy
      • Japan and the Vietnam War (1969–75)
      • Omnidirectional diplomacy and opening up to China
      • Conclusion
    • 4. Renewal of the alliance and normalisation of Japan (1997–2008)
      • Abstract:
      • Introduction
      • Threat perceptions after the Cold War
      • Renewal of the alliance and the normalisation of Japan
      • Japanese defence policies after the Cold War
      • The alliance and ballistic missile defence
      • Diplomatic coordination and the Six Party Talks
      • Military cooperation: not the ‘Great Britain of the Far East’
      • Conclusion
    • 5. The alliance and the American pivot to Asia (2009–2013)
      • Abstract:
      • Introduction
      • Perceived threats 2009–2013
      • The pivot and the alliance
      • Japanese normalisation during the pivot
      • Japan’s new defence policies
      • North Korea, the Senkaku Islands and diplomatic coordination
      • Conclusion
    • 6. Conclusion
      • Abstract:
    • Bibliography
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2014
  • Published: July 24, 2014
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780634470
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781843347668

About the Author

Matteo Dian

Matteo Dian
Dr. Matteo Dian is a Research Fellow at School of Political Sciences of the University of Bologna. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (Scuola Normale Superiore) in Florence. He held visiting positions at University of Oxford, London School of Economics, the Johns Hopkins SAIS (Bologna Center), and the European University Institute. He also taught at the University of Bologna, Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, and at the overseas programs of the James Madison University, Kent State University and Vanderbilt University. He is also author of The Evolution Of The Us-Japan Alliance: The Eagle And The Chrysanthemum (Chandos Books, 2014) and co-editor of The Chinese Challenge To The Western Order (FBK Press, 2014)

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Fellow, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy

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