[CAMPUS ASIA] SPECIAL LECTURE BY DR. DEOKHYO CHOI (KOREA UNIVERSITY) "THE PARADOX OF A PACIFIST NATION: RISK MANAGEMENT AND THE CONSTITUTION IN U.S.-OCCUPIED JAPAN DURING THE KOREAN WAR"
CAMPUS ASIA SPECIAL LECTURE
The Paradox of a Pacifist Nation:
Risk Management and the Constitution
in U.S.-Occupied Japan during the Korean War
Dr. Deokhyo Choi (Korea University)
How “pacifist” is pacifist Japan? It is a commonly held view that there are clear discrepancies between the ideal and the reality of a pacifist nation. Japan’s “pacifist constitution,” which declares the renouncement of “war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes,” coexists with its “Self-Defense Forces,” one of the foremost military powers in the contemporary world. Similarly, Japan’s anti-nuclear pacifism coexists with its close security alliance with the United States and its place under the U.S. nuclear umbrella. This talk examines the historical origins of Japan’s self-contradictory pacifism. The talk focuses particularly on the impact of the Korean War and discusses how pacifist Japan became a critical locus in fighting the war.
Date: May 31, 2017 (WED)
Location: Room #219 International Studies Hall