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Japan’s New Security Policy: Toward Regional Involvement at Sea?

Strategic Security Analysis - 2016 n°4

Release Date:

April 2016

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Key Points

  • The recent revamp of Japan’s security architecture is epoch-making in the sense that it allows the country to project military power abroad, and thus to become directly involved in regional security dynamics.
  • The China-related challenges faced by Japan at sea have led Tokyo to adopt a strategy of offshore balancing in the South China Sea.
  • If the reach of Japan’s strategy of offshore balancing remains today limited, its future expansion seems likely. Moreover, Japan could soon become directly involved in the South China Sea, through naval patrols for example.