Limits to Power

Limits to Power : Asymmetric Dependence and Japanese Foreign Aid Policy

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Why does the Japanese government often alter its course of action under pressure from the United States, even when doing so apparently undermines Japan's own interests? In Limits to Power, Akitoshi Miyashita employs five case studies to chart an answer to this question. His findings challenge current arguments that Japan has successfully distanced itself from "reactive" politics.show more

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  • Hardback | 242 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 430.92g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739106023
  • 9780739106020

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Miyashita operates in a realist world and sets the research question in the broader context of Japan's rise in the interstate hierarchy over the past few decades. He reminds us that Japan has not truly escaped its asymmetric dependence on the United States. The analytic precision that is brought to bear allows this study to eclipse other work in this area. -- Akio Watanabe, University of Tokyo (Emeritus) Through a series of vivid case studies of Japanese foreign aid policy, Miyashita shows how the primacy of Japan's American connection often drives Japanese policy in directions the Japanese government, other things being equal, would prefer not to go. Miyashita's well-argued point is that other things are not equal and that it is Japan's asymmetric dependence on the United States that makes it a soft target for gaiatsu, the effective application of American pressure on Japan's foreign aid policy. Miyashita has written an interesting and important book. -- Gerald Curtis, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University This is a very useful addition to the literature on Japanese foreign aid policy. The book, well-written and forcefully argued, takes us beyond the more traditional way of looking at Japanese foreign aid...At the same time, it is not a book just about foreign aid; it also addresses why Japan is sensitive to American pressure. Pacific Affairs Miyashita challenges a number of preexisting conclusions about Japanese aid policy and he provides an excellent case in support of alternative explanations. In doing so, he adds considerably to our understanding of Japanese politics and Japanese foreignpolicy. -- T. J. Pempel, Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley Miyashita challenges a number of preexisting conclusions about Japanese aid policy and he provides an excellent case in support of alternative explanations. In doing so, he adds considerably to our understanding of Japanese politics and Japanese foreign policy. -- T. J. Pempel, Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeleyshow more

About Akitoshi Miyashita

Akitoshi Miyashita is Associate Professor of International Relations at Tokyo International University. He is co-editor of Japanese Foreign Policy in Asia and the Pacific: Domestic Interests, American Pressure, and Regional Integration (2001).show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Puzzle, Theory, and Methodology Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 American Pressure and Japanese Foreign Aid Chapter 4 Gaiatsu and Preferences Part 5 Cases Chapter 6 China: The Tiananmen Square Incident and the Resumption of Yen Loans Chapter 7 Vietnam: Lifting Bilateral and Multilateral Aid Sanctions Chapter 8 Russia: The Retreat from the Linkage Strategy Chapter 9 Iran: The Controversy over the Hydroelectric Power Plant Project Chapter 10 North Korea: The KEDO and the Politics of Burden-Sharing Part 11 Conclusions and Implications Chapter 12 Structural Constraints of Japanese Power Chapter 13 Rethinking the Reactive-Proactive Debateshow more

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