Japan-France Relationship under Abe: An Analysis of Security Trends for the Indo-Pacific Region

Mattia Dello Spedale Venti
2022 Central European Journal of International and Security Studies  
Since the Meiji Restoration, Japan and France have experienced a special relationship led by strong cultural and economic ties. The present paper analyses their relationship during the second administration of the former prime minister of Japan, Abe Shinzō. The paper focuses on their respective security trends. Security is studied as a(n inter-)subjective and dynamic process. For this reason, the Copenhagen School's 'securitisation' will serve as a theoretical framework to investigate
more » ... and material practices of both nations. The article has two complementary goals. First, it studies whether and to what extent securitised issues and securitising moves of Japan and France converge to their approach to the Indo-Pacific region. To this end, the article extensively examines official documents and speeches of the two governments, including Japan's annual 'White Paper' and 'Diplomatic Bluebook', and France's strategic documents. Second, by examining transformations of their mutual relations, the paper investigates whether Japan and France have improved their synergy, especially in the defense domain, during Abe's second administration. The paper concludes that Japan and France have a similar view on the security environment of the Indo-Pacific and, for this reason, they share similar concerns and interests. The result was an improvement of their relations which became increasingly more symbiotic towards the region.
doi:10.51870/veqo1925 fatcat:lucnkd5larhlzaoposh7bznjzu