Japan's Security and Economic Dependence on China and the United States: Cool Politics, Lukewarm Economics, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Japan's Security and Economic Dependence on China and the United States

Cool Politics, Lukewarm Economics, 1st Edition

By Keisuke Iida


186 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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With the rise of China, Japan and many East Asian countries are caught between maximizing profit from economic ties with her, and strengthening alliances with the United States to prevent China from overpowering them. Liberals and realists thus debate over the likelihood of either security tensions easing up or economic interdependence getting reduced eventually. On the other hand, Iida introduces a new theory that reinterprets the relationship between state security and economic interdependence among countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Based on case studies of recent episodes in East Asia, and especially on the experiences of Japan, this book highlights an interesting dynamic between security and economic interdependence: risk avoidance. By understanding how risk avoidance affects the behavior of these countries in terms of security and economics, it becomes evident how they eventually settle into what Iida calls "Cool Politics" and "Lukewarm Economics".

Table of Contents



Japanese and Asian Terms and Conventions

List of Abbreviations



Chapter 1: The East Asian Paradox

Chapter 2: Insecurity and Economic Interdependence in East Asia

Chapter 3: Rare Earth: China’s Economic Coercion and the Demise of Chinese Monopoly

Chapter 4: Shale Gas and Oil: Japan’s Quest for Alternative Sources of Energy

Chapter 5: Trade Agreements as Geo-economic Instruments

Chapter 6: Japanese Investment in China and ‘China-Plus-One’

Chapter 7: Conclusions



About the Author

Keisuke Iida is a Professor in the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics at The University of Tokyo, Japan.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies