3rd Edition

Japan's International Relations Politics, Economics and Security

    632 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    632 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The latest edition of this comprehensive and user-friendly textbook provides a single volume resource for all those studying Japan's international relations. It offers a clear and concise introduction to the most important aspects of Japan's role in the globalized economy of the twenty-first century. The book has been fully updated and revised to include comprehensive discussions of contemporary key issues for Japan’s IR, including:

    • the rise of China;

    • reaction to the global economic and financial crisis since 2008;

    • Japan’s proactive role after 9/11 and the war on terror;

    • responses to events on the Korean Peninsula;

    • relations with the USA and the Obama administration;

    • relations with Russia, Central Asia and the Middle East;

    • changing responses to an expanding and deepening European Union.

    Extensively illustrated, the text includes statistics, maps, photographs, summaries and suggestions for further reading, making it essential reading for those studying Japanese politics and the international relations of the Asia Pacific.

    A note on the cover:

    The cover illustration entitled 'Double Standard' is a Japanese manga penned by satirical artist Ichihanahana in November 2010 regarding rising Japanese nationalism, Japan-China tensions over the disputed territory of the Senkaku islands and the US presence in Okinawa. This manga demonstrates many of the key themes in Japan’s ties with China and the US, but also a number of other central features of Japan’s international relations as explored throughout this text.

    Part 1: Japan’s International Relations: What, Why and How?  1. The Significance of Japan’s International Relations  2. Explaining Japan’s International Relations  Part 2: Japan-United States Relations  3. Introduction  4. Japan-United States Political Relations  5. Japan-United States Economic Relations  6. Japan-United States Security Relations  7. Conclusion  Part 3: Japan-East Asia Relations  8. Introduction  9. Japan-East Asia Political Relations  10. Japan-East Asia Economic Relations  11. Japan–East Asia Security Relations  12. Conclusion  Part 4: Japan-Europe Relations  13. Introduction  14. Japan-Europe Political Relations  15. Japan-Europe Economic Relations  16. Japan-Europe Security Relations  17. Conclusion  Part 5: Japan-Global Institutions  18. Introduction  19. Japan-United Nations  20. Japan-Economic Institutions  21. Japan-G7/8  22. Conclusion  Part 6: Japan’s International Relations: What Next?  23. What Next?


    Glenn D. Hook is Professor of Japanese Studies in the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield.

    Julie Gilson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham.

    Christopher W. Hughes is Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies, University of Warwick.

    Hugo Dobson is Professor of Japan's International Relations in the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield.

    'The launch of China’s first aircraft carrier, North Korea’s belated return to the Six Party Talks, the crisis over the Fukushima nuclear reactor, renewed Japanese interest in regional institutions, concern about the US economy, political instability in Japan itself – these are the stuff of current commentary in mid-2011. This, the third edition of this widely used textbook on the International Relations of Japan, gives the reader a firm grasp of the political complexities behind all this. East Asia, as the authors are fully aware, is moving to centre stage, with potential both for solving global problems and for destructive conflict.' Professor J. A. A. Stockwin, former Director, Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies, University of Oxford

    'Japan's foreign policy has been undergoing seismic shifts since the second edition of this fine book. A rising China, a now-nuclear North Korea, and an America bogged down in wars in Central Asia and the Middle East are but the most conspicuous of the major new challenges that confront Japanese policymakers. Experts and novices alike will find no deeper or more up-to-date analysis of these subjects than this new edition of Japan's International Relations.' Professor T.J. Pempel, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA

    'This book is a tour de force in its encyclopaedic range and in the uniformly outstanding quality of the writing by the four different contributors. It will serve as a ‘one-stop shop’ to understanding the major explanations and interpretations of Japan as an international actor.' Professor Aurelia George Mulgan, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Australia