© 2008

Japanese Public Opinion and the War on Terrorism

  • Robert D. Eldridge
  • Paul Midford

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Robert D. Eldridge, Paul Midford
    Pages 1-10
  3. Robert D. Eldridge, Chijiwa Yasuaki
    Pages 159-184
  4. Robert D. Eldridge, Paul Midford
    Pages 235-258
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 259-265

About this book


In this volume the contributors argue that the events of 9-11 and the subsequent "war on terrorism" have had big implications for Japan. These events have called into question the assumptions and limits of Japan's war-renouncing constitution.


mass media Political Parties terrorism war

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert D. Eldridge
    • 1
  • Paul Midford
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.School of International Public PolicyOsaka UniversityJapan
  2. 2.Department of Political Science and SociologyTrondheimNorway
  3. 3.Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU)TrondheimNorway

About the editors

ROBERT D. ELDRIDGE is Associate Professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy, Japan.

PAUL MIDFORD is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.

Bibliographic information


"The portrait presented of Japanese political opinion and communication manifests considerable diversity" - Pacific Affairs

"This volume uses comprehensive polling data and media content analysis to demonstrate the shift in Japanese public opinion from broad pacifism to defensive realism over the past decade. The authors offer a nuanced assessment of both the strategic significance of that change and the continued constraints on Japan s military role." - Michael J. Green, Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, and Japan Chair, CSIS, Georgetown University; author of Japan s Reluctant Realism (2000).