The Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force

Search for Legitimacy

Editors: Eldridge, Robert D., Midford, Paul (Eds.)

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  • First book to examine the development of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
  • Offers a reassessment of Japan’s military capacity at a time of tension
  • Contextualizes the history of Japan’s postwar military even as the role of that military is questioned by both Japan and US leaders
  • Explores the fascinating civilian uses of the Japanese military
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About this book

Based on extensive Japanese-language materials, this book is the first to examine the development of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force. It addresses:  how the GSDF was able to emerge as the post-war successor of the Imperial Japanese Army despite Japan’s anti-militarist constitution; how the GSDF, despite the public skepticism and even hostility that greeted its creation, built domestic and international legitimacy; and how the GSDF has responded to changes in international and domestic environments. This path-breaking study of the world’s third-largest-economic power’s ground army is timely for two reasons. First, the resurgence of tensions in Northeast Asia over territorial disputes, and the emphasis recent Japanese governments have placed on using the GSDF for defending Japan’s outlying islands is driving media coverage and specialist interest in the GSDF. Second, the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami has focused global attention on the GSDF as Japan’s lead disaster relief organization. This highly informative and thoroughly researched book provides insight for policy makers and academics interested in Japanese foreign and defense policies. 

About the authors

Robert D. Eldridge is Visiting Fellow, Institute for International Policy Studies in Tokyo, and the author or translator of several dozen books about Japan including most recently, The Origins of U.S. Policy in the East China Sea Islands Dispute: Okinawa’s Reversion and the Senkaku Islands.
Paul Midford is Professor of Political Science and Director of the NTNU Japan Program at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.  He is the author of Rethinking Japanese Public Opinion and Security: From Pacifism to Realism?

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55194-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56531-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $74.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: February 12, 2018
  • ISBN 978-1-349-72010-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force
Book Subtitle
Search for Legitimacy
Editors
  • Robert D. Eldridge
  • Paul Midford
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55194-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55194-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56531-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-72010-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 416
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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