Revision of the Guidelines for Japan-US Defense Cooperation in 2015: Determinants and Decision-Making Processes

Karol Żakowski



The aim of the article is to examine decision-making process on the revision of Guidelines for Japan-US Defense Cooperation in April  2015. The analysis is conducted from the perspective of neoclassical realism both at domestic and international levels. It is argued that while international determinants, such as policy of the US and situation in the Asia-Pacific region, played a significant role in prompting the Japanese government to initiate the dialogue on guidelines’ revision, it is the ideological leaning and institutional strength of the Abe administration that heavily influenced the efficiency  of decision-making processes and the final contents of the guidelines. Particular emphasis is placed on Kantei’s leadership vis-à-vis the National Security Council, Cabinet Legislation Bureau, and ruling party decision-making bodies.

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Japan-US Defence Cooperation; decision-making process; US policy; Asia-Pacific region

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