Japanese Society and the Politics of the North Korean Threat
Published: February 2016© 2016
200 Pages, 6.50 x 9.25 x 0.50 in
In 1998 and in 2006, North Korea conducted ballistic missile tests that landed dangerously close to Japan. In the first case, the North Korean tests provoked only Japanese alarm and severely constrained action. In the second, the tests led to unilateral economic sanctions – the first time since the end of the Second World War that Japan has used coercion against a neighboring state. What explains this dramatic shift in policy choice?
Seung Hyok Lee argues that the 2006 sanctions were not a strategic response to the missile tests, but a reflection of changing public attitudes towards North Korea – the result of the shocking revelation that the North Koreans had abducted at least seventeen Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 80s and secretly held them prisoner for decades. Japanese Society and the Politics of the North Korean Threat is the first book on this development in English and a valuable case study of public opinion’s increasing influence on Japanese security policy.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Relations after The First Missile Launch
Chapter 3: Relations prior to Koizumi’s Visit to Pyongyang
Chapter 4: Japan-North Korea Relations 2002–2004
Chapter 5: Relations 2004–2006: Unilateral Sanctions Debates
Chapter 6: Conclusion
"Seung Hyok Lee’s succinct and readable book analyzes the significant consequences of the abductions issue for Japan’s foreign and security policy."Celeste L. Arrington, George Washington University, Journal of Japanese Studies, vol 45:1
“Seung Hyok Lee thoroughly and convincingly documents how the abduction issue triggered a major transformation of societal discourse on Japan’s policy towards North Korea. Those interested in Japan’s policy towards North Korea will find Lee’sbook fascinating and refreshing.”Tsuneo Akaha, Director, Center for East Asian Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
“Japanese Society and the Politics of the North Korean Threat is an important and timely book that speaks to important geopolitical issues.”Anthony Rausch, Faculty of Education, Hirosaki University