Seiki Tanaka - Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Amsterdam
With Prime Minister Abe’s hawkish reputation and the recent legislation of the collective self-defense law, Japan has seemingly been tilting toward the right over the last few years. Yet, does the government’s shift reflect Japanese people’s opinions? Are Japanese people hawkish? If so, what factors might have a pacifying effect on the hawkish attitude? Through a series of public opinion surveys related to the case of the ongoing territorial disputes between Japan and China, this study examines conditions under which the lay public becomes dovish.