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Japan’s security “normalization” and historical revisionism in the contemporary East Asian context

  • Koichi Nakano
Tuesday 20 September 2016
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

In this lecture, the speaker shall discuss the current trends in Japan’s security policy change and rising historical revisionism by first looking back at the challenges that Japan faced as the Cold War drew to a close a quarter of a century ago. Initially, the dominant guiding principle of Japan’s foreign and security policy change was a liberal, internationalist orientation. That, however, was replaced by key changes that began in the late 1990s and early 2000s. What we see today is a simultaneous move towards security "normalization" and historical revisionism. There shall also be reference to the complex role played by the US in those changes.

About the speaker

Koichi Nakano is Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University. He specializes in the comparative politics of advanced industrial democracies, particularly Japan and Europe, and in political theory. He has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Tokyo, a second B.A. in philosophy and politics from the University of Oxford, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University. His research has focused on a variety of issues of contemporary Japanese politics from comparative, historical, and philosophical perspectives.

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