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Risk State

Japan's Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty, 1st Edition

By Sebastian Maslow, Ra Mason, Paul O'Shea


202 pages

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The increase of new complex security challenges and the heightening significance of a diverse array of actors has simultaneously posed a challenge to traditional perspectives on international relations and foreign policy and created an opportunity for new concepts to be applied. Conventional explanations of Japan’s foreign policy have provided us with theoretically predetermined understandings and fallacious predictions. Reformulating risk in its application to the study of international relations and foreign policy, this volume promises new insights into the analysis of contemporary foreign policy in East Asia and Japan’s post-Cold War international relations in particular.


’This impressive volume covers a wide range of topics central to Japan’s foreign policy. It is unified both by a concern with policy change and an analytical perspective centring on the social construction of risk. Risk State is a must-read for everyone concerned with contemporary Japan, but will also interest students and scholars of risk society� more broadly.’ Linus Hagström, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden ’Japanese leaders today must determine the level of risk they are willing to face - from potential military escalation with China to consequences of restarting potentially unsafe nuclear power reactors. This book explains how Japan’s government and society calibrate risk in making foreign policy decisions central to Japan’s survival, challenging many conventional notions of threat and interests seen in existing scholarship.’ Andrew L. Oros, Washington College, USA

About the Authors

Sebastian Maslow is a doctoral student at Tohoku University’s Graduate School of Law where he is completing research on North Korea’s impact on Japan’s foreign and national security policy process. Previously, he taught at the Centre for East Asia Studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Ra Mason is lecturer in Asia-Pacific Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, visiting research fellow with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at the University of the Ryukyus and an Honorary Fellow of the White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Sheffield. Paul O’Shea is assistant professor at the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, and an honorary research fellow at the White Rose East Asia Centre.

About the Series

Rethinking Asia and International Relations

Rethinking Asia and International Relations
This series provides thoughtful consideration both of the growing prominence of Asian actors on the global stage and the changes in the study and practice of world affairs that they provoke. It offers a comprehensive parallel assessment of the full spectrum of Asian states, organisations, and regions and their impact on the dynamics of global politics. The series encourages conversation on: ¢ What rules, norms, and strategic cultures are likely to dominate international life in the 'Asian Century'; ¢ How will global problems be reframed and addressed by a 'rising Asia'; ¢ Which institutions, actors, and states are likely to provide leadership during such 'shifts to the East'; ¢ Whether there is something distinctly 'Asian' about the emerging patterns of global politics. Such comprehensive engagement not only offers a critical assessment of the actual and prospective roles of Asian actors, but rethinks the concepts, practices, and frameworks of analysis of world politics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General