Japan’s Security and the South Sudan Engagement: Internal and External Constraints on Japanese Military Rise Reconsidered

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The article aims to understand the practical relevance of Shinzo Abe’s recent security changes and their role in Abe’s general security strat-egy. It argues that although Shinzo Abe’s goal is a revision of Japan’s post-war security posture, there is still a plethora of legal, normative (popular) and practical constraints that prevent him from doing so. In order to illustrate these constraints, the article analyses the first prac-tical implementation of the new security legislature: Japanese peace-keeping operation in South Sudan in 2016 through 2017.

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Michal Kolmas

Head of Department, Department of Asian Studies, Metropolitan University Prague.

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