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By Yoichiro Sato, Keiko Hirata

This edited quantity places forth a theoretically and empirically rigorous research of eastern international policy.  It explains the influence of norms on Japan’s overseas coverage habit, drawing on 3 significant paradigms of diplomacy scholarship—constructivism, realism, and liberalism. via 9 case reports on Japan’s defense, financial, and environmental regulations, this ebook examines how norms do or don't consultant jap overseas coverage and the way they have interaction with pursuits and gear. In doing so, this ebook explores no matter if the rationalist and constructivist colleges of concept are most likely complementary or together exclusive. 

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Although the party’s pacifist orientation attracted many voters beyond workers and intellectuals in the 1950s, its popularity gradually declined after the 1960s as more people came to regard the JSP’s pacifist agenda as unrealistic. The decline was particularly serious in the post-cold war era. The number of seats the JSP gained in lower house elections fell from 136 in 1990 to 70 in 1993 and then to 15 in 1996. In the most recent general election, held in September 2005, the party won only seven seats.

Although some of the restrictions have been breached or are open to interpretations, the fact that the Japanese government ever had to introduce them to justify or rationalize its defense policy is indicative of the existence of strong pacifist norms among the Japanese people. ”23 Indeed, even if we acknowledge the impact of normative forces upon Japanese defense policy, questions such as the following quickly arise: Why has the culture of antimilitarism been sustained in Japan for more than five decades after the end of World War II?

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