Japan Eyes the North Korean Nuclear Crisis (2006-09)

Mong Cheung*

*この研究の対応する著者

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been the primary security concern for Japan since the mid-1990s. By examining the content of debates revealed in the political, security and intellectual communities in Japan between 2006 and 2009, this article analyses Japan's views on the North Korean nuclear crises. It argues that Japan is still engaged in a vigorous domestic debate on its North Korea policy that centres around three options: constructive engagement, hard hedging with comprehensive engagement, and containment. Tokyo currently adopts a mixed strategy of hedging and engagement to cope with the perceived threat from the North. Domestic emotional pressure, symbolized by the victimized consciousness rooted in the Japanese kidnapping issue and the conservative desire of seeking Japan's autonomy, still significantly constrains Japan's North Korea policy from choosing any moderate option.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)305-326
ページ数22
ジャーナルJournal of Comparative Asian Development
10
2
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2011 12月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 社会学および政治科学
  • 経済学、計量経済学
  • 政治学と国際関係論

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