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Routledge Handbook of Japanese Foreign Policy

1st Edition

Edited by Mary M. McCarthy


404 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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From a nuclear North Korea and territorial disputes in the East China Sea, to global climate change and Asia-Pacific free trade agreements, Japan is at the center of some of the most challenging issues that the world faces today. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, comprising contributions from the fields of politics, sociology, history, and gender studies, this handbook creates a comprehensive and innovative overview of the field, investigating the widening variety of interests, sometimes competing, that constitute Japanese foreign policy.

Organized topically, it is divided into sections, including:

• Japan’s evolving foreign policy landscape

• Global environmental and sustainable development

• International and national security

• International political economy

• International norms and civil society.

Providing an evaluation of the key actors, institutions, and networks influencing Japanese foreign policy, the Routledge Handbook of Japanese Foreign Policy is an essential resource for students and scholars of Japanese and Asian Politics, International Relations, and Foreign Policy.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Mary M. McCarthy

Section I: The Evolving Landscape of Japanese Foreign Policy

1. Japanese International Relations and National Identity Gaps, Gilbert Rozman

2. Japan’s 2015 Security Legislation: Change Rooted Firmly in Continuity, Jeffrey Hornung

3. Departing from the Postwar Regime: The Revision of the ‘Peace Constitution’ and Japan’s National Identity, Yongwook Ryu

4. The Chrysanthemum and the Cool: Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power in Japan's Foreign Policy, Nissim Kadosh Otmazgin

Section II: The Global Environment and Sustainable Development

5. Global Environmental Problems and Japanese Foreign Environmental Policy, Miranda Schreurs

6. Japanese Foreign Policies on Global Climate Change: From Kyoto to Paris, Takashi Hattori

7. Push and Pull by Japan for Regional Environmental Cooperation: Transboundary Air Pollution in East Asia, Inkyoung Kim

8. Towards Sound Material-Cycle Society: History of Japanese Policy and its Interaction with International Norms, Wakana Takahashi

9. Sustainable Ocean Management and the Role of the Japanese Coast Guard, Miko Maekawa, Hiroshi Terashima, and Eka Higuchi

Section III: International and National Security

10. Japan as a Maritime Power: Deterrence, Diplomacy, and Maritime Security, Alessio Patalano

11. Disarmament and Nonproliferation Policy of Japan, Nobumasa Akiyama

12. Japan's Territorial Disputes’ Policy: Success or Failure?, Alexander Bukh

13. Smart Power and Japan’s Trouble-Shooting Approach to Southeast Asia, Yee-Kuang Heng

14. Peacebuilding in Japan’s Foreign Policy, Tadashi Iwami

15. National Security at the Crossroads: Security Interdependence and Japan’s Arms Trade Ban Policy, Kyoko Hatakeyama

Section IV: International Political Economy

16. Economic Diplomacy, Maaike Okano-Heijmans and Takaaki Asano

17. The Evolution, Politics, and Prospect of Japanese Trade Policy, Hidetaka Yoshimatsu

18. Japanese Foreign Direct Investment in Thailand: Promoting an ‘Interactive’ Institutional Approach, Sierk Horn, Chie Iguchi, and Bernard W. Wittek

19. Japanese Development Assistance as a Multipurpose Political Tool, Marie Soderberg

Section V: International Norms and Global Civil Society

20. Japan as a Norm Entrepreneur for Human Security, Kaoru Kurusu

21. Gender Equality in Japan: Internal Policy Processes and Impact, and Foreign Implications under Prime Minister Abe’s Womenomics, Joyce Gelb and Naoko Kumagai

22. Precarious Balances: History and Memory in Japan’s Foreign Relations, Thomas U. Berger

23. The Power and Limits of the Transnational ‘Comfort Women’ Movement, Mary M. McCarthy

24. Japan's Whaling Diplomacy: Science, Morality, and International Norms, Michael Strausz

About the Editor

Mary M. McCarthy is an Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. She specializes in exploring the impact of domestic politics on foreign policymaking.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies