Britian and Japan in the Contemporary World provides up-to-date analyses of these two countries in terms of economics, politics, security and identity on the global, regional, subnational and civic levels.
The book moves beyond an analysis of state-to-state relations between Britain and Japan by examining the role of civil society in the relationship and analyzing the way the two countries deal with common issues, such as the 'special relationship' both maintain with the US; the relationship with the continents that both of these island nations border; the question of the degree of decentralization to allow within their contested borders. Both countries also face the pressures of globalization, as seen by the responses of the global cities of London and Tokyo.
The editors have brought a selection of top scholars in a collection of chapters aimed at examining the similarities and differences in the way Britian and Japan respond to issues of common concern on these different levels.
Hugo Dobson is Lecturer in the international Relations of Japan in the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield. Glenn D. Hook is Professor of Japanese Studies and Director of the Graduate School of East Asian Strudies at the University of Sheffield.
'This book will surely appeal to scholars of Japan's political, social and economic change. The Anglo-Japanese comparisons provide a useful edge to any analysis of Japan at the global, regional, subnational and civic level.' - Pacific Affairs