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Title: From Peace State to Peacekeeping State: Japan's Changing NAtional Role Conception
Authors: Pehlivantürk, Bahadır
Keywords: Japanese Foreign Policy
National Role Conception
Peacekeeping State
Humanitarian Security
Foreign Policy Norms
Prestige Gap
Issue Date: Nov-2016
Publisher: Stratejik Araştırmalar Merkezi
Source: Pehlivantürk, B. (2016). From Peace State to Peacekeeping State: Japan's Changing National Role Conception and Foreign Policy Norms. Perceptions: Journal of International Affairs, 21(1).
Abstract: With the onset of the 21st century, Japan is passing through a transformative era in which it is in the process of forming a new national role conception. This study argues that as a result of international pressure, changes in domestic leadership and social norms, and a growing desire for respect in international affairs, Japan has been changing its foreign policy norms and its national role conception. The change in Japanese foreign policy manifests itself most clearly in Japan’s international peacekeeping behaviour and the accompanying new legislation governing the functional limitations on its armed forces. This study suggests that path dependency increases the chance that Japanese foreign policy norms and the resulting behavioural effects will push Japan towards a more internationalist path, with contribution to peacekeeping being its most definitive behavioural outcome, thus offering “peacekeeping state” as a new National Role Conception that has the potential to define Japan’s role in the world in the future.
ISSN: 1300-8641
Appears in Collections:Siyaset Bilimi ve Uluslararası İlişkiler Bölümü / Department of Political Science and International Relations

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