This book examines the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute between Japan and China and the Dokdo/Takeshima dispute between Japan and Korea, in order to offer new perspectives on the possible approaches towards amelioration and resolution of these conflicts.
Japan’s Island Troubles with China and Korea addresses the prospects of and challenges to achieving resolutions in the island disputes, rather than focusing solely on the origins and the political roles they play in the domestic politics of the three nations. Furthermore, in taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book transcends existing studies, which focus on the domestic contexts of the disputes, and therefore avoids the pitfalls of nationalistic narratives. Instead, this book fills a theoretical and methodological lacuna in the academic literature, exploring how the islands could become a point of co-operation, rather than contention.
Providing a fresh examination of Japan’s relations with its two closest neighbours, this book will be invaluable to students and scholars of Asian politics and international relations, security studies, and Asia-Pacific studies more generally.
Table of Contents
1. Reappraising Japan's territorial disputes with China and Korea: Prospects and challenges for resolution, Victor Teo and Haruko Satoh
2. The significance of the Senkaku-Diaoyu issues for Japan's security policies, Yoneyuki Sugita
3. Ontological security and the disputes over Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, Yih-Jye Hwang and Edmund Frettingham
4. Political leadership and the prospects of resolving the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute, Victor Teo
5. Mission possible: Why a peaceful solution is not impossible for Korea–Japan territorial dispute, Jaewoo Choo
6. The Dokdo issue and its solution from the viewpoint of the exchange document between the ROK and Japan in 1965 and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, Yuji Hosaka
7. On the gesture of ‘I prefer not to’: Rethinking the historical titles and territorial claims surrounding the Dokdo/Takeshima/Liancourt Rock, Hitomi Koyama
Victor Teo is Assistant Professor in the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include the international relations of Asia-Pacific, with emphasis on Japan’s relations with China and the United States. He is also interested in the illicit political economy of China, as well as North Korea’s international relations and domestic politics.
Haruko Satoh is a Professor in the Osaka School of International Public Policy at Osaka University. Her research interests include Japan–China relations and Japan’s nation-state identity issues in East Asian international politics. She has previously worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs and Chatham House.