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

  • Available for pre-order on April 21, 2023. Item will ship after May 12, 2023
ISBN 9781032491776
May 12, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
200 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 US 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 India, Vietnam, Africa, China, Australia, South Korea, Indonesia, and the US, 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 Asian and East and Southeast Asian studies and Indo-Pacific studies.

Table of Contents

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            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

Yoshikai Fuzuwara


12.  Japan South Korean Relations: Addressing the Deadlock

Kan Kimura




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Srabani Roy Choudhury is Professor in 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.