Episode 5: The Myth of Japan’s Rightward Turn

Episode 5: The Myth of Japan’s Rightward Turn

from Nationalism, Japan, and a Changing Asia

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Shinzo Abe’s return to power in 2012 resurrected the debate over whether Japan was turning to the right. But Abe’s ambitious security policies are not necessarily linked to an upswing of nationalist politics. Professor Jennifer Lind analyzes the often overlooked distinction between nationalism and militarism and explains the misperceptions surrounding Japan’s security policies.


This podcast series is part of a project on Northeast Asian Nationalisms and the U.S.-Japan Alliance, which is made possible through support from the U.S.-Japan Foundation.

Sheila A. Smith

Senior Fellow for Japan Studies