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Decoding Boundaries in Contemporary Japan
The Koizumi Administration and Beyond

Edited By

Glenn Hook

ISBN 9781138862937
Published February 27, 2015 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

This book sheds light on the changing nature of contemporary Japan by decoding a range of political, economic and social boundaries. With a focus on the period following the inauguration of Prime Minister Koizumi Junichirō, the book grows out of a recognition that, with the Koizumi administration playing a more proactive role internationally and moving ahead with deregulation and the ‘structural reform’ of the economy domestically, a range of boundaries have been challenged and reinscribed. Here ‘boundaries’ refers to the ways in which contemporary Japan is shaped as a separate entity by the inscription and reinscription of political, economic and social space creating insiders and outsiders, both internationally and domestically. The central argument of the book is that, in order to achieve the twin goals of greater international proactivity and domestic reform, the government and other actors supporting Koizumi’s new direction for Japan needed to take action in order to destabilize and reformulate a range of extant boundaries. While boundaries often remain invisible, the aim of this book is to promote an understanding of their significance by uncovering their pivotal role.

Decoding Boundaries in Contemporary Japan brings together contributions from leading and emerging scholars from the UK, Japan and the United States. It will appeal to scholars and students of Japan as well as social scientists with an interest in borders and boundaries, political scientists interested in Asia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Boundaries?, Glenn D. Hook 1. Diplomacy on the Boundaries: The G8, International Society and Japan’s Instrumentalization of Liminality, Hugo Dobson 2. The Strange Masochism of the Japanese Right: Redrawing Moral Boundaries in Sino-Japanese Relations, Shogo Suzuki 3. Japan’s Responses to Actors outside the Boundaries of International Society: ‘Rogue States’ and North Korea’s Nuclear Threats,
Key-young Son 4. Navigating the Boundaries of the Interstate Society: Japan’s Response to Piracy in Southeast Asia, Lindsay Black 5. Stronger Political Leadership and the Shift in Policy-making Boundaries in Japan, Shinoda Tomohito 6. Leadership Strategies: (Re)drawing Boundaries among and within Parties in Japan, Uchiyama Yū 7. The Problem of Boundaries for Japan’s Local Authorities: Mergers, Public Services and the Growing Disparity in Japanese Society, Muto Hiromi 8. Adjusting the Boundaries between Keidanren and Labour Unions in Japan: A Critical Reappraisal of Globalization and Democracy, Hasegawa Harukiyo 9. Boundaries in Japan’s Business and Government Relationship: Regression, Change and Façades, Peter von Staden 10. Shifting Boundaries in Japan’s Criminal Justice System, Patricia G. Steinhoff 11. The Rapid Redrawing of Boundaries in Japanese Higher Education, Roger Goodman

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Glenn D. Hook is Professor of Japanese Politics and International Relations, and Director of the Graduate School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK. He is concurrently the Director of the National Institute of Japanese Studies (NIJS), an international centre of excellence with the University of Leeds funded by the British authorities. His research interests are in Japanese politics, international relations and security, particularly in relation to East Asia. His recent work includes Japanese Responses to Globalization (co-editor, Palgrave, 2006); Japan’s International Relations: politics, economics and security thirdedition (co-author, Routledge, 2011); and Contested Governance in Japan: sites and issues (editor, Routledge, 2005).