What does Article 9 mean for Japan-Australia Relations?

Durant, Brooke, and Newlands, Maxine (2019) What does Article 9 mean for Japan-Australia Relations? In: Abstracts from the Australian Political Studies Association Conference. 223. pp. 27-28. From: Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2019, 23-25 September 2019, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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What does Article 9 mean for Japan-Australia Relations? Does Article 9 limit Japanese commitment to security relations between Japan-Australia and will proposed amendments to Article 9 have an effect? Geopolitical conflict in the Asia and Pacific region puts Japan's alliance with the old-world political sphere at odds with their largest neighbours, China and Australia. With mounting tensions in the Indo-Pacific and limitations of Japan's Article 9 have called politicians and scholars to question whether constitutional amendment is necessary for forming or maintaining new alliances. This paper examines the effect Article 9has on Japan-Australia bilateral relations, particularly concerning security cooperation. Whether or not the constraints of Article 9 effect existing or future Japan-Australia cooperative strategies will also be explored. Given the ever-changing geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific region, the importance of continued security relations between Japan-Australia will also be examined. Qualitative and theoretical research methods are applied in the analysis of past and existing bilateral security agreements, cooperative operations and security polices from both Australia and Japan. Analysis surrounding these documents reveals much about historical and cultural complexity that frames the debate today. This paper will demonstrate that despite possible limitations onJapanese involvement from Article 9, Japan-Australia relations have continued within the region. Furthermore, changes to Japan-Australia relations during the time of Article 9’s amendment in 2015 and possible effects further amendment to the article may have will also be discussed.

Item ID: 60606
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: Japan, Article 9, geopolitics, security
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Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2020 02:13
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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