Building a Maritime “Great Wall” to Contain China? Explaining Japan's Recalibration of Risk with the Militarization of Okinawa

Key-Young, Son and Mason, Ra (2013) Building a Maritime “Great Wall” to Contain China? Explaining Japan's Recalibration of Risk with the Militarization of Okinawa. Asian Perspective, 37 (3). pp. 437-461. ISSN 0258-9184

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Abstract

In this article we aim to illustrate both the progress and the stalemates of the US and Japanese strategies to fortify the Okinawan Islands as a bulwark against China. As a conceptual tool to analyze the accommodation and resistance of militarization, we use the notion of a complex interplay of state, market, and societal actors, which showcases the process of mediating and recalibrating risks perceived by policymakers in Tokyo in response to the rise of China. In this process, risk has been shifted to individual stakeholders within society. We argue that the full-scale fortification of the Okinawan Islands will be hard to achieve because of the resistance of local residents and anti-base activists, as well as China's military and commercial strategies to circumvent any form of blockade.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: okinawa,militarization,china's rise,civil society in japan
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2016 15:00
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 22:53
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/60742
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