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East-West Center: Japanese Public Opinion and the War on Terrorism: Implications for Japan's Security Strategy

Author: Paul Midford


Japan has actively contributed to the Bush administration's war on terrorism, going far beyond the financial support it provided during the first Gulf War in 1991 and testing the limits of postwar constitutional prohibitions on the deployment of military forces overseas. This has led some observers to suggest that Japan might be positioning itself to become a more active supporter of U.S. global strategy, a "Britain of Asia." This study from the East West Center challenges this view and finds that less has changed in Japan's overseas deployments than is often claimed.

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