Japan's International Relations: Politics, Economics and Security / Edition 2

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The new 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 political economy of the twenty-first century. The second edition of this highly acclaimed volume has been fully updated and revised to include discussion of such recent events as: the 'war on terror' and the despatch of the Self-Defence Forces to support the US in Afghanistan and Iraq, Japan's proactive role in responding to 9/11 and the Bush doctrine, Japan's new foreign economic policy in East Asia including bilateral Free Trade Agreements and currency cooperation, Japan's new competition with China for economic and political leadership in East Asia, Prime Minister Koizumi's visit to North Korea and the crisis on the Korean peninsula.

This book is essential reading for those studying Japanese politics and the international relations of the Asia Pacific, as well as US and European foreign policy.

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'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

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Meet the Author

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 Politics and International Studies, University of Birmingham.

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

Hugo Dobson is Professor in the International Relations of Japan, University of Sheffield.

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Table of Contents

Part I Japan’s International Relations: What, Why and How? 1. The significance of Japan’s international relations 2. Explaining Japan’s international relations Part II 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 III 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 IV Japan-Europe Relations 14. Japan-Europe political relations 15. Japan-Europe economic relations 16. Japan-Europe security relations 17. Conclusion Part V Japan-Global Institutions 18. Introduction 19. Japan-United Nations 20. Japan-economic institutions 21. Japan-G7/8 22. Conclusion Part VI Japan’s International Relations: What Next? 23. What Next?

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