Japan’s Security and the International Environment in the 1980s
Fortunately, it can be said today that the stability of East Asia’s regional security surpasses that of the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Africa, and even Europe. Although Japan, like other developed countries, has experienced various difficulties in the past decade beginning with the first oil crisis, it has continued to show relatively better achievements than Western countries. On the political scene, six consecutive changes of the Cabinet during this period made Japan appear unstable, but this was not actually so. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) dominates the Upper and the Lower Houses of the Diet with a stable majority and maintains a single-party Cabinet. The possibility that this situation will fundamentally change in the foreseeable future is close to nil.
KeywordsLiberal Democratic Party International Security Military Power Defence Spending Asian Perspective
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