Arpita Mathur

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  • Arpita Mathur is Associate Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile

    Japan's Approach to Regionalism: Outlook towards the EAS and EAC

    One of the most notable attempts by Japan towards fostering regionalism in recent years has been through its active and positive participation in the East Asia Summit (EAS), envisioned to be a stepping stone towards the formation of an East Asian Community (EAC). The idea behind regionalism and efforts towards the EAS and EAC are to be perceived within the broader context of Tokyo's attempts to shape the regional environment and influence policies in the region. Its primary goal is to neutralize and dilute the influence of China.

    September 2009

    Japan And Regionalism: Study of Its Approach Towards Eas And Eac

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    April 26, 2008
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Japan's New Thinking on Asia

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    September 28, 2007
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Japan's Self-Defense Forces: Towards a Normal Military

    The Self-Defense Forces (SDF) are one of the variables of the distinctly pacifist security policy Japan has followed ever since the end of the war. Japan's ongoing 'normalisation' involves an enhancement of the role and functions of these forces. Although the SDF's role has considerably increased in the past decade, it cannot be characterised as Japan's remilitarisation because of strong domestic and external checks.

    September 2007

    Japan's Self-Defence Forces: Towards a 'Normal' Military

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    April 13, 2007
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Japan's Contemporary Nationalism: Trends and Politico-Security Drivers

    Contemporary Japanese nationalism is the principal force behind Japan's gradual shift towards 'normal' statehood and what has been called as 'reluctant realism'. The nature and content of this nationalism is, however, very much dissimilar to that which characterized its militarist past. This nationalist streak is largely elitist and assumes softer undertones as it percolates down to the masses.

    January 2007

    Japan's Response to North Korea's Nuclear Test

    The recent nuclear test carried out by North Korea in defiance of warnings by the international community has significantly raised Japan’s security concerns. The test conducted on October 9, 2006 made Pyongyang the second nuclear weapon state in North East Asia after China. It was carried out in the backdrop of already heightened tensions in the region following a set of multiple missile launches by Pyongyang on 5 July 2006. The missiles which had plunged into the Sea of Japan, had even evoked calls for preemptive strikes from a section of the political and defense establishment in Tokyo.

    October 2006

    Japan's Contemporary Nationalism: Trends and Politico-Security Drivers

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    August 09, 2006
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Japan's Security Concerns and Policy Responses

    Japanese foreign policy and security perceptions have undergone a perceptible and steady change over the past decade, especially under the leadership of former Prime Minister Koizumi (2001-2006). Its support for the US war on terror was a significant step in its growing international politico-security profile.

    July 2006

    External Factors Determining Japan's Security Policy under PM Koizumi

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    July 09, 2005
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

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