Japanese revisionists and the ‘Korea threat’: insights from ontological security

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This article contributes to the debate on Japanese security. Drawing on insights from ontological security, it challenges conventional understandings that China and North Korea are Japan’s main security threats. It argues that South Korea poses a powerful threat to the Japanese right-wing revisionists’ perception of Japan. The revisionists have attempted to secure Japan’s identity from the ‘Korea threat’ by labelling South Korea a ‘non-democracy’, and this tactic has been taken up by the Japanese government as well. The article concludes by pointing out that such moves could unwittingly result in the emergence of security dilemmas between the two main democracies in Northeast Asia.




Suzuki, S. (2019). Japanese revisionists and the ‘Korea threat’: insights from ontological security. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 32(3), 303–321. https://doi.org/10.1080/09557571.2019.1573806

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