The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus Newsletter
Newsletter No. 49. 2013    

December 9, 2013    
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Alex CalvoMarines, Missiles, and the Iron Lady: The Military Leg in Japan's Ocean Strategy 
The complex situation in East Asia and the wider Pacific-Indian Ocean Region is prompting governments to deploy a full range of tools, from economic diplomacy to humanitarian relief operations to declarations of exclusive air space, in their search for a balance between what they consider to be their key national interests and their shared wish to avert open conflict. Tokyo is one of these actors who feel compelled to defend their national interests while at the same time recognizing that war would imply harsh costs, to itself and the region, at many levels, from the human to the economic to the political. While many Asian leaders have expressed the wish to see tensions ease and differences settled without recourse to violence, all understand the high risk of conflict and look to higher levels of military preparedness to enhance their position. Japan is no exception. Japan is unique, however, in moving to reinforce military capabilities despite a restrictive legal and constitutional framework. This paper examines these factors, on the understanding that developments in the military sphere are only part of Tokyo's foreign policy towards East-Asia.

Alex Calvo is an international law and international relations professor at European University, and guest professor at Nagoya University. 


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Shoji Masahiko

The Rage of Exile. In the Wake of Fukushima

Translated and introduced by Tom Gill

All of a sudden two years have passed since that once-in-a-thousand-years calamity, the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the explosions that followed at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant - and nothing has changed. All that has happened is that our houses are crumbling, our fields are running to weeds, and our village is drifting back to a primitive state. 
The national government and the village mayor, insist now as ever that they will decontaminate the village, that they will enable us to go home, to return to the village as soon as humanly possible, that their plans will be executed swiftly, that the living environment will be getting the top priority as they open up the road to recovery, and no-one wants to abandon their homeland. But why, when human life and health should be the top priority, should that be reason to choose return, return to the village, as a higher priority than the people's health, our children's health, our grandchildren's health? - That is something I cannot fathom.

Shoji Masahiko is among the 250 inhabitants of Nagadoro, who until the nuclear disaster supported his wife and four children as a part-time farmer and part-time carpenter. 


Tom Gill is a professor at Meiji Gakuin University. He is the author of Men of Uncertainty: the Social Organization of Day Laborers in Contemporary Japan and co-editor of Globalization and Social Change in Contemporary Japan.



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