Human Security : Relevance To Japanese Foreign Policy

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Over the years nationalism has been denoting the contours of security. Thus safety in the larger context is invariably seen as a national rather than an individual concept. Off late however it is felt that this concept of security is not fully evolved to cater for the varying challenges faced by humanity in modern times.


The concept of human security has thus assumed primacy in societies which are highly developed. Canada and Japan are the principal proponents of this theory. The Japanese have officially adopted it as a foreign policy objective and have shaped their diplomatic efforts around it. Human security is considered as the most relevant facet of Japanese diplomacy as it has been effectively employed to further foreign policy goals of reducing human suffering through aid, assistance and capacity building.
The concept of human security is regarded as a new norm in diplomacy. (McRae, Grant, 2005). McRae, Grant (2005) indicate that human security has the potential of not only promoting peace but also protecting the people. It can thus be regarded as a holistic concept of security as opposed to other precepts which are seen as, "state on state" security paradigms. Traditionally it is the responsibility of the state to protect its citizens. This liability provides it authority of making regulations and laws for its citizens. Over the years, security is seen not just territorial or external but also governs many other issues such as freedom from disease and hunger, the ability to survive environmental disasters, social as well as political repression. ...
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