Diplomatic and Security Practice under Abe Shinzō: The Case for Realpolitik Japan

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In what ways are Japanese foreign and security policies changing? How far will these changes go? Will they result in a policy posture that breaks from the post-1945 approach as originally designed by Prime Minister Yoshida Shigeru? This special issue presents six articles that address these questions. They tackle the relationship between recent changes in Japanese domestic policy institutions and Japanese diplomatic and security practice. In this introduction, we outline the significance of the essays’ findings and propose a methodological shift in the interpretation of Japanese policy. We make the case that Japan’s approach to diplomatic and security affairs under Abe is evidence of the emergence of a ‘Realpolitik Japan’. From this perspective, we argue that values and political ideology have translated into practical choices that make the question of the ‘break with the post-1945’ approach less relevant to understand the significance of political change.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 3 Jun 2020


  • japan
  • foreign policy analysis
  • Abe Shinzo
  • national security
  • international relations
  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific


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