Japan’s Smart Power: Providing Defense and Security Assistance to the Philippines

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Jintavat Sirirat


apan currently confronts the challenges which considerably impact its status quo and interests. In this context, Japanese economic and cultural power as traditional instruments are hardly adequate in the contemporary situation. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, therefore, amends laws and apparatuses to underlie a new diplomatic instrument — military power. Such action can demonstrate to Smart Power concept by Joseph Nye. With the concept, this paper presents an example of most dynamical defense partner, Japan and the Philippines, because they have the same hazardous threat that is China’s aggressiveness on maritime disputes, particularly in the South China Sea. In consequence, Japan contiguously raises defense and security assistance to the Philippines toward the sustainable strategic partnership, although President Rodrigo Duterte’s foreign policy would negatively affect the Japanese goals.


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Sirirat, J. (2019). Japan’s Smart Power: Providing Defense and Security Assistance to the Philippines. Journal of Social Sciences Naresuan University, 14(2), 14_25–50. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jssnu/article/view/201392
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Jintavat Sirirat

สถาบันเอเชียตะวันออกศึกษา ในพระราชูปถัมภ์สมเด็จพระเทพรัตนราชสุดาฯ สยามบรมราชกุมารี มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์


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จุลสารความมั่นคงศึกษา: ฉ. 132-133. กรุงเทพฯ: สแควร์ ปริ๊นซ์ 93.
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