The complex inter-relationships between Japan and the two Koreas are thoroughly assessed in this authoritative new book, which concentrates upon developments since the late 1980s and the prospects for the 1990s.
Japan and Korea in the 1990s examines the historical legacies, the current perceptions and the policy making processes. It then details the recent trends in the economic, political-strategic and cultural dimensions of the relationships. The involvement and influence of the other interested powers, China, the former Soviet Union and the United States, as well as the broader regional context, are considered. A separate chapter concentrates on the current Japan-North Korea negotiations
Brian Bridges has written an enlightening study of this important area in international relations. As the only up-to-date study of Japan-Korea relations available in English, it will be welcomed by teachers, students and policymakers alike.
Brian Bridges, formerly Professor, Department of Politics and Sociology, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. The Legacies of History 3. Perceptions and Policy-making 4. The Political and Security Triangle 5. The Major Powers and the Korean Conundrum 6. Economic Interdependence 7. Culture, Korean Residents and Reconciliation 8. Normalising Japan-North Korea Relations 9. Conclusions References, Index