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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
3-3-6 Kudan-Minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0074
Tel: 03 – 3222 5198, Fax: 03 – 3222 5420


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The presentation will be given in English. The DIJ Social Science Study Group is a forum for young scholars and Ph.D. candidates in the field of Social Sciences. As always, all are welcome to attend, but please register with Gabriele Vogt



Japan's National Security Debate in the wake of 9/11: Same Old, Same New? (Debatte um nationale Sicherheit in Japan nach dem 11. September: Neue Wege braucht das Land?)

5. Juli 2006 / 18:30

Susanne Klien

 How has Japan’s national security debate been affected by the terrorist attacks of 9/11? How has this debate evolved ever since? Drawing from research approaches of international relations, philosophy and Japanese studies, this presentation aims at evaluating current implications for Japan’s national security debate against an interdisciplinary background.

I will present the findings of a hermeneutic discourse analysis by focusing on articles which have been published in selected Japanese journals since September 2001. In order to create a thorough picture of the ongoing discourse, I refer to three journals, namely Chūō Kōron, Sekai, and Shokun, known to represent diverse political views. I argue that over the past five years four different schools of thought have evolved in this discourse; these are: Centrists, Independentists, Pragmatic Multilateralists and Pacifists. In particular, I will highlight what key values the groups hold and what views they take on issues such as „national interest“ and „international society“.

Dr. Susanne Klien is a postdoctoral fellow in the Graduate School of Asia and Africa in Global Reference Systems (GSAA) at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.