1st Edition

Japan's Foreign Relations in Asia

Edited By James D.J. Brown, Jeff Kingston Copyright 2018
    400 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    400 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Japan's Foreign Relations in Asia has been specifically designed to introduce students to Japan’s foreign relations in Asia since 1990, a period in which there have been dramatic developments in Japan, including the reinterpretation of the Constitution and expanded US–Japan defence cooperation. The geopolitical dynamics and implications of these new developments are profound and underscore the need for a new textbook on this subject.

    Covering not only the key regional players of China and the Koreas, this textbook also encompasses chapters on Japan’s relations with India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand, along with its multilateral engagement and initiatives. Combined with transnational chapters on critical issues, key themes covered by this book include:

    • An historical overview of key post-war developments.
    • Japan’s evolving security policy.
    • Analysis of the region’s escalating maritime disputes.
    • An evaluation of Japanese soft power in Asia.

    Written by leading experts in accessible, jargon-free style, this new textbook will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Japanese politics, international relations and foreign policy and Asian affairs in general.

    Introduction, James Brown and Jeff Kingston

    Section I –Foundations

    1. Japan’s Foreign Relations in Cold War Asia 1945-1990, Jeff Kingston

    2. International Relations Theory and Japanese Foreign Policy, Gilbert Rozman

    Section II-Regional Themes

    3. Evolution or New Doctrine? Japanese security policy in the era of collective self-defense, Daniel Sneider

    4. Japan’s Security Policy in the Context of the US-Japan Alliance: The Emergence of an ‘Abe Doctrine’, Christopher Hughes

    5. Japan’s Disarmament Tightropes and Triangulation, Brad Glosserman

    6. China’s Grandiose Maritime Ambitions Challenge Japan, Howard French

    7. Japan’s Aspirational Idea of Inherency, Alexis Dudden

    8. ‘Commitment by Presence’: Naval Diplomacy and Japanese Defense Engagement in Southeast Asia, Alessio Patalano

    9. The Triumph of Hope over Experience: The False Promise of Japanese Soft Power in East Asia, Thomas Berger

    10. Japan’s Multilateralism in Asia, Tina Burrett

    11. Japan’s Reconciliation Diplomacy in North East Asia, Kazuhiko Togo

    12. Japan’s Rivalry with China in Southeast Asia: ODA, AIIB, Infrastructural projects, Mekong Basin and the disputed South China Sea, Lam Peng Er

    Section III-Bilateral Relations

    13. China in Japan’s nation-state identity, Haruko Satoh

    14. Post-Cold War Sino-Japanese Relations and Japan’s China Policy: The Rise of Strategic Realism, Giulio Pugliese

    15. Shadow Boxing: Japan’s Para-diplomacy with Taiwan, Jeff Kingston

    16. Sour Partners: Japan and South Korea’s Uncomfortable Compromise for Cooperation, Cheol Hee Park

    17. Japan-North Korea Relations, Aurelia George Mulgan

    18. Japan’s Foreign Relations with Russia: Unfulfilled Potential, James D. J. Brown

    19. Japan’s Post-Cold War Foreign Policy toward Indonesia, Jun Honna

    20. Japanese-Thai Relations: On a Chessboard of Domestic and Regional Politics, Pavin Chachavalpongpun

    21. The Evolution of Japan-Myanmar Relations Since 1988, Ryan Hartley

    22. Japan’s Foreign Relations with the Philippines: A Case of Evolving Japan in Asia, Maria Thaemar TANA Yusuke AND TAKAGI

    23. Japan-Vietnam Relations: Implementation of the ‘strategic partnership’, NAKANO Ari

    24. Japan's Foreign Relations with India, Varun TOMAR AND Giorgio SHANI


    James D.J. Brown is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University Japan. His recent publications include Japan, Russia and their Territorial Dispute (2016).

    Jeff Kingston is Director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan. His recent publications include Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan (2017) and Asian Nationalisms Reconsidered (2015).