Situating Somali Piracy in Japanese Security Policy

African East-Asian Affairs

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Title Situating Somali Piracy in Japanese Security Policy
 
Creator Attwell, Robert
 
Description This paper examines Tokyo’s engagement with Somali piracy and discusses what it reveals about Japan’s overall security posture. I argue that Japan’s response to Somali piracy highlights the continued salience of domestic political processes and em-bedded anti-militarist norms in moulding Tokyo’s responses to emergent threats, of which piracy is a prime example. This is evidenced by the fact that the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), rather than the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF), is primarily responsible for Japan’s anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden. Additionally, I draw attention to the economic logic underpinning Japan’s approach to security and posit that the defence of sea lanes links maritime security issues to continued economic security to explain why combatting maritime piracy is important to Tokyo.
 
Publisher Centre for Chinese Studies
 
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Date 2016-12-09
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://aeaa.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/182
10.7552/0-4-182
 
Source African East-Asian Affairs; No 4 (2016)
2308-8699
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://aeaa.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/182/146
 

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