Japanese Public Opinion about Interstate Conflicts

Friday, November 6, 2015
12:00 PM

Yale Project on Japan’s Politics and Diplomacy
Japanese Public Opinion about Interstate Conflicts

Room 241, Rosenkranz Hall, 115 Prospect Street
Seiki Tanaka – Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Amsterdam

With Prime Minister Abe’s hawkish reputation and the recent legislation of the collective self-defense law, Japan has seemingly been tilting toward the right over the last few years. Yet, does the government’s shift reflect Japanese people’s opinions? Are Japanese people hawkish? If so, what factors might have a pacifying effect on the hawkish attitude? Through a series of public opinion surveys related to the case of the ongoing territorial disputes between Japan and China, this study examines conditions under which the lay public becomes dovish.

Sponsored by Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership