This book, first published in 1990 and written from a Japanese perspective, examines the gradual transformation of Japan's traditional role in world politics since the Second World War. With Japan's postwar economic success came calls from many quarters for it to match its economic involvement with an equal commitment to international political relations. The book discusses in detail the realization by Japan's leadership that international cooperation must take place on many diverse levels, and focuses on Japan's involvement in Western affairs during the 1980s, through participation in the seven-power economic and political summits and dialogue at the meetings of ASEAN.
1. Introduction Part 1. Japan in the Postwar World 2. A Departure from the Old Order 3. A Twin-Track Diplomacy 4. On the Road to the Summit Part 2. Japan as a Member of the West 5. A Stage for the Western Alliance 6. Forging the Political Partnership 7. Agenda for the Summit Powers Part 3. Japan and the West in Asian Pacific Affairs 8. The Rise of a New Power Centre 9. The ASEAN Dialogue: Regionalism at Work 10. The Broadening Agenda 11. The Way Forward