Japan's International Relations: Politics, Economics and Security (Sheffield Centre for Japanese Studies/Routledge Series)
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The latest edition of this comprehensive and user-friendly textbook provides a single volume resource for all those studying Japan's international relations. It offers a clear and concise introduction to the most important aspects of Japan's role in the globalized economy of the twenty-first century. The book has been fully updated and revised to include comprehensive discussions of contemporary key issues for Japan’s IR, including:
- the rise of China;
- reaction to the global economic and financial crisis since 2008;
- Japan’s proactive role after 9/11 and the war on terror;
- responses to events on the Korean Peninsula;
- relations with the USA and the Obama administration;
- relations with Russia, Central Asia and the Middle East;
- changing responses to an expanding and deepening European Union.
Extensively illustrated, the text includes statistics, maps, photographs, summaries and suggestions for further reading, making it essential reading for those studying Japanese politics and the international relations of the Asia Pacific.
A note on the cover:
The cover illustration entitled 'Double Standard' is a Japanese manga penned by satirical artist Ichihanahana in November 2010 regarding rising Japanese nationalism, Japan-China tensions over the disputed territory of the Senkaku islands and the US presence in Okinawa. This manga demonstrates many of the key themes in Japan’s ties with China and the US, but also a number of other central features of Japan’s international relations as explored throughout this text.
leaders of the ASEAN states and China, South Korea and Japan gather in Hanoi, Vietnam in December 1998 9.1 Mr Tanaka goes to Beijing. In February 1972, Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei met with Mao Zedong 9.2 Protests flare. Japanese car torched by angry students burns in a Jakarta street 11.1 ‘Who will make him listen?’ The US, Japan, South Korea and China attempt to pressurize Kim Il Sung into halting North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme 13.1 Commemorative postcard marking the signing of the
their international relations. Over and above that, it can impinge actively upon the policy-making process within Japan itself. This is because the bilateral relationship with the US in the post-war era has subjected Japan to a large degree of external pressure, which can make for both initiative as well as inertia in the policy-making process in the political, economic and security dimensions of international relations (Calder 1988a; Vogel 1997). 2.3.iii Domestic agency To note that the
main impact of the SDPJ’s decision to enter into coalition governments with the LDP has been actually to facilitate the loosening of some of the domestic political restraints upon the Japanese government’s and the LDP’s hold on the foreign policy-making process. This is because, even though, as will be discussed in Chapter 6, the party has continued to oppose staunchly the extension of Japan’s bilateral military cooperation with the US in East Asia and globally, the principal effect of the SDPJ’s
the cost of producing goods in yen for export to the US, the automotive, electronic and other manufacturers have set up plants to produce the goods for the US market in the US itself. This move overseas can be seen in the electronics industry by Sony’s investment in a Californian plant in 1972, followed by the entry into the US of other brand-name producers such as Matsushita, Mitsubishi, Toshiba and Sharp. The electronics giants all built production facilities in order to maintain their market
and to broaden the concept of security beyond military security. The oil crisis of October 1973 had shown Japanese policy-making agents that, when the concept was broadened to include economic and other aspects of security, the interests of Japan and the US need not coincide. It was thus in Japan’s own interests to use these recommendations to highlight a broader sense of security than the military security at the centre of the US-Japan security treaty system. 6.3.ii.e Nakasone administration The