Over 25 years have passed since the defeat and unconditional surrender of Imperial Japan in August 1945. During the intervening years she has been rebuilt into an economic superpower, but, unlike other superpowers, one rejecting military force as a means of foreign policy. Much of this reluctance to rearm has been based on the ability of Japan to rely on the United States-Japan Security Treaty to deter direct external aggression.
Buck, James H.
"The Japanese Self-Defense Force,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 27
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol27/iss1/6