The new role of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) under proactive contribution to peace strategy


  • Habib Badawi Department of History, Lebanese University, Lebanon



As per the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, no nation can maintain security and peace on its own. Therefore, Tokyo, through the Japanese Ministry of Defense, contributes to the United Nations' efforts to maintain and restore international peace and security. Article 9 of the pacifist constitution, in force since 1947, binds Japan's defense policy. But global dangers, especially the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Chinese threats to Taiwan, and the madness of the North Korean dictator, forced Japan to develop the proficiency of the Self-Defense Forces under the title of “proactive contribution to peace.” In this study, we will review the development of this concept through the process of building Japanese military capabilities. This will enable us to respond to societal changes from the Korean War to the present. As part of Japan's efforts to contribute to international peace and security operations have developed its military capabilities. This includes the enactment of the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) Law, the establishment of the National Security Strategy, and the purchase of advanced weapons and equipment. The Nation’s commitment to international peace and security is also evident in its participation in United Nations peacekeeping operations and other regional activities.




How to Cite

H. Badawi, “The new role of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) under proactive contribution to peace strategy”, Defense and Security Studies, vol. 4, pp. 75–83, Aug. 2023.