Japan: From Gunboat Diplomacy to Coast Guard Diplomacy

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In postwar Japan, the coast guard has taken a leading role in defending maritime interests.

  • Jay Tristan Tarriela
  • The Diplomat

On December 18, 2017, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a Ministerial Council meeting to discuss his plans in strategically expanding efforts to strengthen the Japanese maritime security system.

Xero 3cIn particular, he stressed the need for the Japanese Coast Guard (JCG) to be further developed since it has significant roles in attaining his objectives and, most importantly, in promoting international cooperation by sharing Japanese values regarding a free and open maritime order based on the rule of law with relevant countries in order to realize the free and…

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