HOW CAN JAPAN BEST “KEEP THE PEACE” AS THE WORLD MARCHES TOWARD WAR?
In September of 2015 the Japanese Diet voted into law a new defense bill that could allow national troops to engage in warfare overseas. This has sparked an important debate. With hostilities and unrest percolating in such areas as Ukraine and Syria, there is every chance that Japan’s so-called Peace-Keeping Force could face its first true military engagement as early as this year. Many Japanese are left to wonder whether their nation’s unprecedented return to international warfare since 1945 will really make the world safer.
Though much has happened in the meantime, the current circumstances are eerily similar to those in the early 1990s. Japan was at the peak of its bubble economy and the US was pressing for assistance with its Operation Desert Storm (the Gulf war that lasted from 2 August 1990 to 28 February 1991 and saw an international coalition led by the George Bush Sr. push Iraqi troops out of Kuwait).
In the end, Japan only sent money and medical aid, not military troops. But there was much debate at home and around the world about whether it was time for Japan to again have its own standing military and how best to contribute to world peace and international stability.
Adventurer, lecturer and author Martin Blakeway contributed a series of 20 essays during the 1990s for the journal of the Yukio Ozaki Memorial Foundation. In light of recent world events, Diplomatt Press has brought them back in a single volume with the title There’s History To Be Made—A Vision and Japan’s Place in it. It can be ordered as an amazon Kindle or e-Book here or as a paperback through our offices.
Readers are sure to find this book surprisingly relevant.