The Deployment of the Japan Self-Defense Forces in Iraq and Public Trust Among Different Ideological Groups
School of Business
This paper investigates how public trust in the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) changed after 2004 when it was sent to Iraq in support of the USA. Because Japan's Constitution clearly prohibits the use of military forces unless for self-defense purposes, public opinion was divided. I find that liberals' distrust in the JSDF grew after the deployment in Iraq relative to moderates. Somewhat surprisingly, the trust among conservatives also declined relative to moderates after the deployment in Iraq. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
Kuroki, M. (2014). The deployment of the Japan self-defense forces in Iraq and public trust among different ideological groups. Defence and Peace Economics, 25(3): 281-289. DOI: 10.1080/10242694.2013.795357