1st Edition

India-Japan Partnership Abe the Game Changer

Edited By Srabani Roy Choudhury Copyright 2025
    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book discusses the influence and impact of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s youngest and longest-serving Prime Minister in the post-Second World War, on international relations between India and Japan. The subject matter concentrates on Abe’s 2006-2007 and 2012-2020 regimes. Building on civilisation linkages, shared values, and mutual interest, Abe pegged the relationship with India as a strategic requirement for his vision for the Indo-Pacific region. Drawing linkages between Abe’s vision for Japan and India’s ambition at the world theatre, the contributing authors explore the various dimensions of this partnership. Critically appraising this bilateral relation, drawing on the convergence of India-Japan interest in the multilateral form, Abe’s impact on the media, and his display of soft power diplomacy, this book analyses the diverse spheres that have spun this partnership to a new orbit.

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    Editor’s Note

    Editor & Contributors

    Tables, Figures and Map

    1. Confluence of Strategic Factors: Japan, India, and the Indo-Pacific

    Ryohei Kasai

    2. Abe: Redefining the Fulcrum in India-Japan Partnership

    Srabani Roy Choudhury

    3. Abe’s Security Matrix: India, Japan and the Indo-Pacific

    Titli Basu

    4. Abe’s Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Initiative

    Prakash Panneerselvam

    5. Abe’s Impact on Economic Engagement with India

    Debendra Sahu

    6. Abe’s Ties with Northeast India

    Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury

    7. Partnership in Politics between Abe and India

    Shamshad Ahmad Khan

    8. Abe’s Efforts in Shaping Soft-Power Credentials with India


    9. Home Diplomacy and International Partnership between India and Japan: A Case of Gujarat

    Tomo Kawane

    10. Portrait of Abe: Analyses of Indian English Language Media

    Arnab Dasgupta




    Srabani Roy Choudhury is Professor at the Japanese Studies Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. She has promoted Japanese Studies in India for over three decades through teaching, supervision and research. She has been a visiting scholar at various universities and think tanks in Japan. Her edited books include Japan-SAARC Partnership: A Way Ahead (2014), India-Japan Relations @ 70: Building Beyond Bilateral (2022), The Indo-Pacific Theatre: Strategic Visions and Frameworks (2023), and Japan and Its Partners in the Indo-Pacific: Engagements and Alignment (2023).