chapter  4
22 Pages

US North Korea policy: the ‘Japan factor’

ByYOICHIRO SATO

North Korea is the most visible and immediate factor driving recent changes in Japanese security policy. The renewed threat of North Korea developing nuclear weapons has been a major catalyst in bringing Japan’s basic defence policies up to speed and motivating Japan to make larger commitments to providing logistical support to US forces in the event of a military contingency in the region.1