Ballistic Missile Defense in Japan: Deterrence and Military Transformation

Le Centre des Etudes de Sécurité de l’Ifri vient de publier le numéro 44 de la série Proliferation Papers intitulé :

Ballistic Missile Defense in Japan: Deterrence and Military Transformation


Sugio Takahashi est senior fellow au National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) et travaille actuellement auprès du Directeur adjoint de l’Office of Strategic Planning du ministère de la Défense japonais. Diplômé des universités Waseda et George Washington, il a produit de nombreux écrits dans le domaine de la stratégie nucléaire, de l’alliance américano-japonaise et de la sécurité régionale en Asie orientale, notamment “Counter A2/AD in Japan – U.S. Defense Cooperation: Toward ‘Allied Air-Sea Battle'” et “Implications of Recent Challenges in Nuclear Deterrence on Japan’s Security: NPR, New START, ‘The World Without Nuclear Weapon’, and Extended Deterrence”.

Son nouveau Proliferation Paper est téléchargeable ici.

Résumé :

In December 2003, Japan decided to be the second country in the Asia-Pacific to deploy a ballistic missile defense (BMD) system. Started in the 1980s as a defense industry cooperation initiative, BMD efforts have been highly prioritized since the 1998 North Korean missile launch to cope with the clear and immediate threat from Pyongyang. However, BMD means more for Japan than a mere response to the ballistic threat: It has transformed the organization and command and control system of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF), brought Japan and the United States to deepen their operational cooperation, and changed Japanese thinking about extended deterrence.

Sommaire :


Ballistic Missile Defense in Japan

Transforming the Self-Defense Forces

Implications for Northeast Asian Security



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