With the reinterpretation of the Japanese Constitution and changes in the respective legal basis pertaining to the extended operational scope of the JSDF, essential prerequisites have been established, paving the way for increased participation in international operations. Nevertheless, Japan still assumes an exceptional position in the world due to its restrictive legal foundation. Despite the new legal framework, overseas deployment of the JSDF is still highly restricted and the Japanese population remains reluctant towards JSDF missions overseas.
Of all Western nation-states, the Federal Republic of Germany offers the most comparable restrictive framework for the participation in international military operations. Moreover, Germany has experienced similar incremental changes over time with respect to overseas operations of the Federal Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). These changes not only concerned the Bundeswehr per se, but affected other socio-political spheres as well. As a result, the Bundeswehr now actively participates in a series of international operations, which further contribute to its self-conception.
In contrast, the JSDF has less operational experience in missions abroad and is thus still at the outset of a transformation, which Germany has already completed. The German ‘path’ to overseas deployment of the Bundeswehr and its experiences could hence be of relevance for Japan and the JSDF. Based on these premises, this conference aims to closely examine the German path of development towards overseas operations by tracing back the socio-political steps and highlighting hurdles and experiences, which could potentially be applied to a Japanese context.
Languages: English – Japanese (simultaneous translation)
Admission: Free, Registration is required
Application: Please apply with your full name, affiliation, and, whether or not you would like to attend the reception after the event to the KAS Japan Office via E-Mail (KAS-Tokyo@kas.de).
Registrations will be handled on a first come, first served basis.
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Japan Office
Tel.： 03-6426-5041, Fax： 03-6426-5047