Title page for ETD etd-05202009-145347

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kazik, Cory Michael
Author's Email Address cory.kazik@yahoo.com
URN etd-05202009-145347
Title The Changing Dynamic of the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance and Changes in Japanese Security Policy
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Milly, Deborah J. Committee Chair
Hult, Karen M. Committee Member
Walcott, Charles E. Committee Member
  • Japan. United States
  • Ballistic Missile Defense
  • Joint Security Declaration
  • Rear-Area Support
  • Security Policy
Date of Defense 2009-05-13
Availability unrestricted
Beginning in the 1990s, the United States and Japan began redefining their

bilateral security alliance. This redefinition also prompted Japan to change its security

policies. To what extent and in what ways have changes in the U.S.-Japan security

alliance contributed to these changes? I argue that these changes are the result of

negotiations of the Japan-U.S. Joint Declaration on Security Alliance for the 21st

Century, signed on April 17, 1996, and the occurrence of an exogenous event. I also

argue that the negotiated changes only progress to a certain point, at which time an

exogenous event acts as a catalyst to continue change. I examine two cases of policy

change associated with exogenous events (the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan and the

2003 North Korea Missile Crisis). Finally, I summarize my results that Japan was able to

change its security policies through negotiations and through a series of systematic steps that follow a consistent trajectory of change; but exogenous events have continued the

change that started as a result of the negotiations and the systematic steps.

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