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Japan's International Relations: Politics, Economics and by Christopher W. Hughes, Hugo Dobson, Julie Gilson, Glenn D.

By Christopher W. Hughes, Hugo Dobson, Julie Gilson, Glenn D. Hook

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This accomplished and undemanding textbook presents a unmarried quantity source for all these learning Japan's diplomacy. The booklet deals a transparent and concise advent to an important facets of Japan's position within the globalized financial system of the twenty-first century.

Japan's overseas Relations:
* examines the historic context of Japan's emergence directly to the area stage
* appears at Japan's diplomacy by way of the center problems with politics, economics and protection
* offers specified bills of Japan's key relationships with the USA, East Asia, the ecu and international institutions
* explores the consequences of up to date occasions corresponding to the Asian monetary quandary and the release of the Euro
* is commonly illustrated all through with records, maps, photos, bankruptcy summaries and proposals for additional reading

It is key studying for these learning jap politics and the diplomacy of the Asia Pacific, in addition to US and ecu overseas coverage.

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From the 1960s onwards, the metaphor was that of the ‘rising sun’. This implied Japan’s ascent to great power status in the economic, political, and possibly even the security dimension following its economic rehabilitation and re-emergence onto the world stage. In 1962, two years before the government proudly took up its seat in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a move which signified its entry into the club of major industrialized powers, The Economist tantalizingly invited its readers to ‘Consider Japan’ and its startling economic advances (The Economist, 1 September 1962, 8 September 1962).

In the case of Japan, however, no clear image of its role or strategy seems to exist. To start with, Japan hardly seems interested in policing the world, let alone its own region; given its economic size, it would appear to punch below its weight in international affairs; it maintains close adherence to and collaboration with the US; and it does not appear openly to lead any regionalist project. Consequently, in the case of Japan, a set of international relations that obviously matters enormously to the world in the dimensions of economics, politics and security has already been identified, but this does not fit readily into the existing models and preconceptions of international relations theory.

8 per cent in 1997 and 1998. The expectation is that Japan’s increased contribution to the UN budget might eventually lead it to join the other exclusive club of permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) (Asai 1995). Moreover, although Japan may have been reluctant to articulate a distinctive political ideology since the start of the post-war era, it has begun to acquire some of the trappings of non-military or what has been called ‘soft’ political power (Nye 1990; Drifte 1998).

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