1st Edition

Japan–China Relations in the Modern Era

    250 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    From before the dawn of recorded history, there has been a rich flow of interaction between Japan and China. Japan has long learned many things from Chinese civilization, and since the modern era China began to learn from Japan. In the twenty-first century, however, China surpassed Japan in terms of GDP in 2010 to become the world’s second largest economy. Amid this rapid rise of China and what has been called a power-shift in Japan–China relations, there are signs that bilateral tensions are rising and that the image each country has of the other is worsening.

    This volume provides a cogent analysis of the politics of the bilateral relationship in the modern era, explaining the past, present, and future of Japan–China relations during a time of massive political, social, and economic changes. Written by a team of internationally renowned Japanese scholars and based on sources not available in English, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of Japan–China relations, Japanese international relations, and the politics and international relations of East Asia

    Prologue: Japan-China Relations Before 1949—Between Competitive Coexistence and Confrontation

    1. Japan-China Relations of the 1950s—Forming Relations with the "Two Chinas"

    2. Japan-China Relations of the 1960s—Caught Between the "Two Chinas"

    3. Japan-China Relations of the 1970s—International Politics and Restructuring of Japan-China Relations

    4. Japan-China Relations of the 1980s—Greater Development and Appearance of Problems

    5. Japan-China Relations of the 1990s—Rise of China and Increase of Frictions

    6. Japan-China Relations at the Start of the 21st Century—The Rocky Path to a Strategic Mutually Beneficial Relationship

    7. The Current State of Japan-China Relations—Navigating a Fragile Relationship


    Ryosei Kokubun is President of the National Defense Academy of Japan.

    Yoshihide Soeya is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, Keio University, Japan.

    Akio Takahara is a Professor at the Graduate School of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo, Japan.

    Shin Kawashima is a Professor at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan.

    Keith Krulak worked for over fifteen years as an international economist for the US government before becoming a translator.