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From the Publisher"[T]his book....is an innovative study analyzing Japan's relations with the Soviet Union/Russia from the perspective of national identity...[T]his books fills an important gap in the academic literature by explaining the Japanese socio-political identity from the perspective of Soviet Union/Russia's "otherness" and opens the way to further investigation on Japan's identity issues from several viewpoints." - Hakan Gonen, Turkish Yearbook of Asia Pacific Studies, Issue No:4 (2009)
"It forms part of a bold attempt to resurrect the long discredited notion of national character, albeit in a much more sophisticated form than that employed by cultural determinists from the age of empire. As such, it represents a serious challenge to the vapid reductionism of rational choice theory...I heartily commend it to experienced students of Japan’s foreign relations and international relations more broadly." - Christopher W. Braddick, The International Spectator, Vol. 44, No. 2, June 2009
"A solid study of the course of Russo-Japanese relations in the post-war period." - Edward Boyle; Journal of Borderlands Studies, 28:1, 149-150 (2013).