1st Edition

Japan and its Partners in the Indo-Pacific Engagements and Alignment

Edited By Srabani Roy Choudhury Copyright 2023
    244 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    244 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    The book studies the development of Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) vision. As strategic competition grows, the lessons from the pandemic, the deepening Sino-US rivalry, and the United States losing grip on the current world strategic environment all compel Japan to focus its attention on the Indo-Pacific region. The volume examines Japan's foreign policy through an analysis of its strategic agenda, economic calculations, maritime security concerns, and soft power policies. It looks at Japan’s relations with United States, Australia, India, Vietnam, Africa, South Korea, Indonesia, and the United States in the context of Japan’s bilateral and multilateral arrangements.

    An important contribution to the study of politics in the Indo-Pacific region, the book will be an indispensable resource for students and researchers of political science, international relations, foreign policy, geopolitics, security studies, strategic studies, as well as area studies – namely East and Southeast Asian studies and Indo-Pacific studies.

    List of Illustrations     

                List of Contributors




    1.      Japan’s Unwavering Commitment to A Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Generating Synergy Among Partners Toward A Common Vision

    Toshihide Ando,


    2.      Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”: The Economic Calculation

    Srabani Roy Choudhury,


    3.      The “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” Strategy: Evolving Japan’s Maritime Security Strategy

    Prakash Panneerselvam,


    4.      The Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Japan’s ‘Soft’ Push- Shaping Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia and India

    Jana Shruti and Madhura Ganguli,


    5.      The Japan-US Relationship: Imagining Its Future in the Indo-Pacific Era

    Peter Harris and Meriel Hahn,


    6.      Japan and Australia Relations: A Strategic Partnership for the Indo-Pacific Century

    Thomas Wilkins,


    7.      Japan- India Relations in Japan's Notion of Indo-Pacific: Genesis, Difference and Convergence

    Kazutoshi Tamari,


    8.       Japan India Relations :Changing Contours for Regional Prosperity.

    Shamshad Khan,


    9.      Japan Vietnam Relations: Factoring Vietnam in Abe’s Southeast Asia policy

    Do Thu Ha,


    10.  Japan Indonesia Relations: Counter Balancing Power Play and Role of Japan

    Yohanes Sulaiman


    11.  Japan Africa Relations: Looking at a Constructive Engagement

    Yoshiaki Furuzawa 


    12.  Japan South Korean Relations: Addressing the Deadlock

    Kan Kimura





    Srabani Roy Choudhury is Professor of Japanese Studies at the Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. For over three decades, she has promoted Japanese studies in India through her teaching, research and supervision. She has conducted research in collaboration with various Universities and think tanks in Japan. In light of the power fluidity in the Indo-Pacific region, she currently focuses on understanding the dynamics of India-Japan relations in this region through developmental lenses.