Japan's Foreign Policy Since 1945

Japan's Foreign Policy Since 1945

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This student-friendly text provides a detailed and up-to-date assessment of Japan's foreign policy since 1945, including policy options and choices that Japan faces in the twenty-first century. Using information based on interviews with policymakers in Japan, the author provides new insight into Japan's foreign policy options and analyzes the nation's evolving role in international affairs. The book begins with a brief overview of major issues related to Japan's foreign policy since the mid-nineteenth century, and then focuses on the direction of Japanese foreign policy from 1945 to the present. It examines issues such as Article Nine of the Japanese Constitution, national security needs, the way Japan views the world around it, the role of nationalism in setting policy, and the influence of big industry. It also includes material on Japan's response to 9/11 and the war in Iraq. Designed for both undergraduate and graduate level courses, the text includes Discussion Questions, maps, a detailed bibliography with suggestions for further reading, and an Appendix with the Japanese Constitution for easy reference.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 385.56g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765616491
  • 9780765616494

Table of contents

1. Introduction: The Story of Japan after World War II; 2. The Legacy of the Occupation: An "Abnormal" Foreign Policy; 3. The Gulf War Requires Change; 4. Theoretically Speaking: Realism, and Alternative Security; 5. Foreign Policy Restructuring in Japan; 6. Planning for Japan's Future Security; 7. The "Myth" of Gaiatsu: How Japan Views Its Place in the World; 8. Triangulating Politics: America, China, and Japan; 9. Where Is Japan Going?
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"Kevin Cooney's Japanese Foreign Policy Since 1945 is a masterful overview of Japan's evolving role on the world stage from supine defeat at the end of World War II, through the U.S. occupation and on to becoming America's strongest Asian ally. The book's most important contribution is its forward projection which foresees Japan's new foreign policy and security roles in the 21st century with a more independent military and Constitutional changes that will permit more global security action. Professor Cooney expects Japanese society to be more open to foreign influence, and he sees a new security agenda that will encompass environmental concerns, international peacekeeping, and disaster relief. These new responsibilities will go far to remake Japan into a 'normal nation.'" - Sheldon W. Simon, Arizona State University"
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