Rhetorical Strategies in Political Texts of "Indo-pacific Strategy" of the Abe Government
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 7, Issue 6, November 2019, Pages: 277-285
Received: Sep. 9, 2019; Accepted: Sep. 27, 2019; Published: Oct. 28, 2019
Views 369      Downloads 119
Weiqi Tian, Northeast Study Center, Dalian University of Foreign Languages, Dalian, China
Hongmei Chai, Comparative Culture Research Base, Japanese College, Dalian University of Foreign Languages, Dalian, China
Article Tools
Follow on us
Since the second ruling of Abe, the "Indo-Pacific Strategy" has gradually came into being and being regarded as a key strategy to instruct Japan’s acts on maritime security. In that this strategy is of vital importance to the freedom of China’s oceanic movements, the study on this subject is significant to the Sino-Japan relationship. Drawing on ideological rhetorical criticism and corpus-assisted methods with software of SPSS, by combining "ideographs" and "policy triggers", this paper aims to explore the ideology under the discourse construction of Japan's "Indo-Pacific Strategy" from 2012 to 2018. Moreover, by analyzing the rhetorical strategies based on Burke’s identification theory, we have tried to examine how the audiences’ ideology are being manipulated. The study shows that Abe's government has constructed an ideological rhetorical system to curb the China's rise, build a new maritime order, and concealed the ideological undercurrent of nationalism by terministic screens. At the same time, the Abe government indoctrinated and manipulated the audiences' ideologies by rhetorical strategies of "identification by sympathy" and "identification by antithesis".
Abe Government, Indo-Pacific Strategy, Ideograph, Policy Trigger, Terministic Screen, Rhetorical Strategy
To cite this article
Weiqi Tian, Hongmei Chai, Rhetorical Strategies in Political Texts of "Indo-pacific Strategy" of the Abe Government, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 7, No. 6, 2019, pp. 277-285. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20190706.15
Copyright © 2019 Authors retain the copyright of this article.
This article is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abe, Shinzo. 2013. “Japan is Back”. http://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/96_abe/statement/2013/0223speech.html.
Xu, Wansheng, Guangxin Zhang, etc. 2018. Order Construction and Japan's Strategic Response. Beijing: Current Affairs Press.
Leo, J. 2009. Bush Legacy: Better US——India Relations. Singapore: The Straits Times.
Mclelland, David. 1986. Ideology. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Burke, K. 1969. A Rhetoric of Motives. Burke: University of California Press.
Edwin, B. 1965. Rhetorical Criticism: A Study in Method. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
James, R. A. 1983. The Practice of Rhetorical Criticism. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
Perelman, & Leslie C. 1984. Gerald prince, Narratology: the Form and Function of Narrative. Language in Society, 13 (03), 377
Deng Zhiyong. 2011. “Rhetoric Theory and Philosophy of Rhetoric: A Study of Kenneth Burke, a Great Rhetoric Expert”. Shanghai: Xuelin Press, 78-79.
McGee, M. 1980. The Ideograph: A Link Between Rhetoric and Ideology [J]. Quarterly Journal of Speech, (66): 7.
Longaker, M. G. & Walker, J. 2011. Rhetorical Analysis: A Brief Guide for Writers. New York: Long-man.
Ritzer, Lloyd. Functional Communication: A Situational Perspective [A]. Ed. White, E. State College. Rhetoric in Transition: Studies in the Nature and Users of Rhetoric [C]. PN: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1980.
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. 2014. Annual Health, Labor and Welfare Report 2013-2014. https://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/wp/wp-hw8/index.html.
Defense of Japan 2013 (25th Edition) –The Annul White Paper. http://www.clearing.mod.go.jp/hakusho_data/2013/w2013_00.html.
Defense of Japan 2012 (24th Edition) –The Annul White Paper. http://www.clearing.mod.go.jp/hakusho_data/2012/w2012_00.html.
Defense of Japan 2018 (30th Edition) –The Annue White Paper. https://www.mod.go.jp/j/publication/wp/index.html, 2018.
JMSDF Command and Staff College. 2012. Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Staff College Review. https://www.mod.go.jp/msdf/navcol/SSG/review.html.
Science Publishing Group
1 Rockefeller Plaza,
10th and 11th Floors,
New York, NY 10020
Tel: (001)347-983-5186