Naval War College Review


Thomas B. Modly


Since the creation of the Japanese Self-Defense forces (JSDF) in 1953, the process of defining the specifics of Japan's self-defense role has become a focal point of US-Japanese disaccord. In recent years the Japanese have made an effort to alleviate this tension by adopting a more extensive defense policy which has included an official Japanese statement of policy to extend its defense responsibility to incorporate a 1,000-nautical mile "Sea Lanes of Communication" {SLOC) security responsibility.