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Diplomacy in Japan-EU Relations by Oliviero Frattolillo

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3    Japan and the EU in the ASEM framework

Mirrored diplomacies

3.1.  Changing boundaries in Japan’s security diplomacy

In the last decade, Japan recognized the need to contribute concretely to international security. However, despite the reforms aimed at increasing its contribution to the international community, Japan remains a model civil power for which a change in military approach – as some scholars suggested after 9/11 – still appears unlikely. It is also true that, since 2001, Japan’s foreign policy has been affected by important changes that often prevent it from positioning itself within specific coordinates. In fact, it would be wrong to assume that, for Tokyo, the process of political-strategic reorientation represents a path that ...

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