How have shifts in both the international environment and domestic politics affected the trajectory of Japanese foreign policy? Does it still make sense to depict Japan as passive and reactive, or have the country's leaders become strategic and proactive? ""Japan in International Politics"" presents a nuanced picture of Japanese foreign policy, emphasizing the ways in which slow, adaptive changes, informed by pragmatic liberalism, have served the national interest. The authors analyze core issues in the arenas of security policy, economic relations, and regional diplomacy. The concluding chapter of the book considers the significance of Japan's current foreign policy posture for its future role in international politics. It explores the shift in Japanese foreign policy toward a more coherent and proactive approach.
Thomas U. Berger is associate professor of international relations at Boston University. Mike M. Mochizuki holds the Japan-US Relations Chair in Memory of Gaston Sigur at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Jitsuo Tsuchiyama is professor and dean of the School of International Politics, Economics and Communication at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo.
Japan's Changing International Role - M.M. Mochizuki. The Domestic Foundations of Japanese Foreign Policy - M. Kohno. Security Policy. War Renunciation, Article 9, and Security Policy - J. Tsuchiyama. Participation in UN Peacekeeping Operations - G. Ito. A Defense Posture for Multilateral Security - M. O'Hanlon. Economic Relations. Adapting to Global Economic Change - E.J. Lincoln. Building Stable International Financial Relations - Y. Kojo. Responding to the Asian Financial Crisis - J. Inada. Regional Diplomacy. Memory Politics and Foreign Relations - T.U. Berger. The Role of Human Rights: The Case of Burma - C. Dalpino. Dealing with a Rising China - M.M. Mochizuki. Conclusion. The Pragmatic Liberalism of an Adaptive State - T.U. Berger.