Japan's Sea Lane Security, 1940-2004: A Matter of Life and Death?

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Psychology Press, 2006 - History - 320 pages
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This is the first major English-language study to explore the broad and longstanding connections between Japanís national security and the safety of its sea lanes. Tracing issues from pre-and post-1945 eras, the book explores how Japanís concerns with sea lane protection have developed across such diverse fields as military strategy, diplomacy, trade policy, energy security, and law enforcement.

Drawing upon case study material and primary research including interviews with officials and security analysts, the book presents a chronological analysis of Japanís sea lane security. While Japanís security policies have recently undergone relatively rapid change, a historical treatment of sea lane security issues reveals long-term continuity in security policymakersí perceptions and responses regarding Japan's defence and foreign policy.

Revealing a neglected but important aspect of Japanís military and economic security, the book investigates why officials and analysts continue to portray the defence of Japanís sea lanes as Ďa matter of life and deathí.

  

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Contents

Sea lines in strategy
34
Japans pre1945 SLOC security
63
Japans sea lane security in the era of defence
90
Naval renaissance
98
The primacy of constraints
109
Rising sea lane threat perceptions
118
Japans sea lane diplomacy in Southeast Asia
150
Japan s interests in the Straits of Malacca
156
Indonesia s archipelagic doctrine as a diplomatic challenge
166
piracy
173
Conclusion
200
North Korea s SLOC security challenges
220
SLOC security as an instrumental policy concern
235
Bibliography
288
Index
305
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Euan Graham is a senior research officer for the North Asia and Pacific Research Group at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

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