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Japan and the Contemporary Middle East

1st Edition

Edited by J. A. Allan, Kaoru Sugihara


208 pages

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Japan is an economic power of global significance; it is also the world's largest single national importer of oil. These two facts alone are sufficient to indicate the significance of Japan's relationship with the Middle East. But in fact, Japan's particularly strong interests in the Middle East extend well beyond oil, and include banking, investment, and an increasing concern with economic assistance.

The studies in this book deal with the relevant period of the twentieth century and especially with the rapid transformation of Japan's relationship with the region since 1973. It provides access in English to the current economic and political analysis by Japanese specialists concerned with the Middle East, and it will assist anyone interested in Japan's relationship with the region. The dependence of Japan on Middle Eastern oil is examined together with the changing nature of Japan's energy consumption policies at home, and its involvement in joint ventures in the Middle East. Japan's role as a major provider of economic assistance is reviewed, and its future potential role in this area is emphasised.


`This is a well-informed and concise account of Japan's relations with the Middle East which articulates mainstream Japanese opinion on how those relations have developed and how they should be conducted henceforth.' - Political Studies

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Contributors: J.A. Allan, Kazuo Chiba Ambassador to the UK 1988-91, Yoshitaro Fuwa OECF representative, Paris, Tetsuo Hamauzu and Akifumi Ikeda Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo, Makoto Mizutani Japanese Foreign Office, Hiroshi Shimuzu Nagoya University of Commerce, Kaoru Sugihara School of Oriental and African Studies, London, Kazuo Takahashi University of the Air (Japanese Open University)

About the Series

SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

This series features the latest disciplinary approaches to Middle Eastern Studies. It covers the Social Sciences and the Humanities in both the pre-modern and modern periods of the region. While primarily interested in publishing single-authored studies, the series is also open to edited volumes on innovative topics, as well as textbooks and reference works.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General