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Running Head: ABE’S DOCTRINE AND THE CHANGING OF JAPAN’S IDENTITY 1 ABE’S DOCTRINE AND THE CHANGING OF JAPAN’S IDENTITY Student Name: Institution Affiliation:
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ABE’S DOCTRINE AND THE CHANGING OF JAPAN’S IDENTITY 2 Introduction For long periods, Japan had isolated itself and acquired the anti-militarist identity. This was after it lost the Second World War in 1945. By 1947, Japan had formed an anti-militarist constitution that restricted the country from participating in militarist approaches or allying with other countries to participate in war activities. This had been consistent policies with the administration after demonstration emphasizing on the ‘pacifist’ approach in managing its approaches. Even though the constitution allowed Japan to partner its military with other countries in protecting its interests, the leaders and their past administration emphasized on avoiding any military partnerships for war (Takekawa, 2007). The approach was very specific, the country could partner with other countries in trade but in matters of war, Japan distanced itself. Since Abe Shinzo role to power, there has been a paradigm shift in the way Japan has managed its military prowess. Instead of Japan depending on the US for international protection, Japan has taken an initiative to strengthen its military power and partner with other countries to ensure they actively participate in peace initiatives. This was specifically after two of its nationals were killed by ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and Levant) in 2015 (. The previous Yoshida doctrine emphasized on the economic partnership between Japan and other countries, this economic partnership ensured Japan’s prowess in the 1960s to the present. However, the diplomatic relations with other countries were severely thwarted. When Abe rose to power, his policy was to empower the military partnership between Japan and US and other countries for peace treaties and negotiations with other countries. Other than nationalism adopted by the previous regimes, the country adopted internationalism in its policy framework and move from antimilitarism to a militarist country.
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ABE’S DOCTRINE AND THE CHANGING OF JAPAN’S IDENTITY 3 The Impact of Abe’s Doctrine on Japan’s Identity Trade and Identity The trade between Asia and its counterparts had been thriving in the previous years but there had been a developing constraint that had been continually limiting the trade partnerships. The Asia, specifically Japan was antimilitarist, while their trade partners were militarist states especially the United States of America. The continued participation of America in military activities and lack of Japan’s participation in these activities meant that the transpacific trade activities would decline as the US would likely partner with countries with militarist policies as itself. The outcome had severely impacted the economy. Abe Shinzo determined to transform this to good trade and military partnerships with the USA. This led to the term Abenomics, which
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