An Analysis of Japanese Stakeholder Perceptions

  • Kaoru KurusuEmail author
Part of the Security, Development and Human Rights in East Asia book series (SDHRP)


This chapter focuses on the case of Japan, often acknowledged as being one of the most committed advocates of human security as a component of foreign policy. This chapter presents the rich narratives on human security given by Japanese stakeholders in the government, academia, civil society, and private sector, revealing the essential added value of the human security concept, which includes greater emphasis on “onsite needs and people-related needs.” Many of the interviewees also pointed to the utility of human security for addressing human insecurities inside Japan. The author concludes the discussion with a caution against possible “politicization” of the concept and suggests areas for future human security research such as the cross-sectoral, “comprehensive” approach, to challenges that cross the borders of sovereign states.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of LawKobe UniversityKobeJapan

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