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Resolving the Russo-Japanese territorial dispute : Hokkaido-Sakhalin relations /
Brad Williams.
imprint
London : Routledge, 2007.
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p. cm.
ISBN
0415413214 (hbk.), 9780415413213 (hbk.)
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imprint
London : Routledge, 2007.
isbn
0415413214 (hbk.)
9780415413213 (hbk.)
catalogue key
6169582
 
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Brad Williams is a visiting fellow in the Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore.
Summaries
Back Cover Copy
The unresolved territorial dispute between Japan and Russia over the Northern Territories/South Kuril Islands remains the largest obstacle to concluding a peace treaty and fully normalising bilateral relations between the two nations. This book traces the evolution of transnational relations between subnational public authorities in Hokkaido and Sakhalin, examining the relationship between these ties and the Russo-Japanese territorial dispute. The book investigates why the development of Hokkaido-Sakhalin relations failed to create, at the subnational level, an environment conducive to resolving (kankyo seibi) the Northern Territories/South Kuril Islands dispute during the 1990s. Brad Williams suggests that kankyo seibi did not work primarily because Russia's troubled transition to a liberal democratic market economy manifested itself in ways that have ultimately increased the South Kuril Islands' intrinsic and instrumental value for the Sakhalin public and regional elite. This in turn had limited the impact from the twin transnational processes of cultural and economic exchange in alleviating opposition to the transferral of these disputed islands to Japan. Drawing upon a wealth of primary and secondary sources from both countries, this book utilises levels of analysis and an analytical framework that incorporates national and subnational, as well as governmental and non-governmental forces to discuss a relatively unexplored aspect of Russo-Japanese relations. As such, Resolving the Russo-Japanese Territorial Dispute will appeal to students and scholars of Asian politics, international relations and post-communist states.
Main Description
The unresolved territorial dispute between Japan and Russia over the South Kuril Islands/Northern Territories remains the largest obstacle to concluding a peace treaty and fully normalising bilateral relations between the two nations. This book traces the evolution of transnational relations between subnational public authorities in Hokkaido and Sakhalin, examining the interrelationship between these ties and the Russo-Japanese territorial dispute. The book investigates why the development of Hokkaido-Sakhalin relations has failed to create, at the subnational level, an environment conducive to resolving (kankyo seibi) the South Kuril Islands/Northern Territories dispute. Brad Williams suggests that kankyo seibi has not worked primarily because Russia "s troubled transition to a liberal democratic market economy has manifested itself in ways that have ultimately increased the South Kuril Islands " intrinsic and instrumental value for the Sakhalin public and regional elite. This in turn has limited the impact from the twin transnational processes of cultural and economic exchange in alleviating opposition to the transferral of these disputed islands to Japan. Drawing upon a wealth of primary and secondary sources from both countries, this book utilises levels of analysis and an analytical framework that incorporates national and subnational, as well as governmental and non-governmental forces to discuss a relatively unexplored aspect of Russo-Japanese relations. As such, Resolving the Russo-Japanese Territorial Dispute will appeal to students and scholars of Asian politics, international relations and post-communist states.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The author examines the unresolved territorial dispute between Japan and Russia. This dispute remains the largest obstacle to concluding a peace treaty and fully normalising bilateral relations. The book will appeal to students and scholars of Asian politics, international relations and post-communist states.
Long Description
The unresolved territorial dispute between Japan and Russia over the South Kuril Islands/Northern Territories remains the largest obstacle to concluding a peace treaty and fully normalising bilateral relations between the two nations. This book traces the evolution of transnational relations between subnational public authorities in Hokkaido and Sakhalin, examining the interrelationship between these ties and the Russo-Japanese territorial dispute. The book investigates why the development of Hokkaido-Sakhalin relations has failed to create, at the subnational level, an environment conducive to resolving (kankyo seibi) the South Kuril Islands/Northern Territories dispute. Brad Williams suggests that kankyo seibi has not worked primarily because Russias troubled transition to a liberal democratic market economy has manifested itself in ways that have ultimately increased the South Kuril Islands intrinsic and instrumental value for the Sakhalin public and regional elite. This in turn has limited theimpact from the twin transnational processes of cultural and economic exchange in alleviating opposition to the transferral of these disputed islands to Japan. Drawing upon a wealth of primary and secondary sources from both countries, this book utilises levels of analysis and an analytical framework that incorporates national and subnational, as well as governmental and non-governmental forces to discuss a relatively unexplored aspect of Russo-Japanese relations. As such, Resolving the Russo-Japanese Territorial Dispute will appeal to students and scholars of Asian politics, international relations and post-communist states.
Main Description
The unresolved territorial dispute between Japan and Russia over the South Kuril Islands/Northern Territories remains the largest obstacle to concluding a peace treaty and fully normalising bilateral relations between the two nations. This book traces the evolution of transnational relations between subnational public authorities in Hokkaido and Sakhalin, examining the interrelationship between these ties and the Russo-Japanese territorial dispute. The book investigates why the development of Hokkaido-Sakhalin relations has failed to create, at the subnational level, an environment conducive to resolving (kankyo seibi) the South Kuril Islands/Northern Territories dispute. Brad Williams suggests that kankyo seibi has not worked primarily because Russia's troubled transition to a liberal democratic market economy has manifested itself in ways that have ultimately increased the South Kuril Islands? intrinsic and instrumental value for the Sakhalin public and regional elite. This in turn has limited theimpact from the twin transnational processes of cultural and economic exchange in alleviating opposition to the transferral of these disputed islands to Japan. Drawing upon a wealth of primary and secondary sources from both countries, this book utilises levels of analysis and an analytical framework that incorporates national and subnational, as well as governmental and non-governmental forces to discuss a relatively unexplored aspect of Russo-Japanese relations. As such, Resolving the Russo-Japanese Territorial Dispute will appeal to students and scholars of Asian politics, international relations and post-communist states.
Back Cover Copy
The unresolved territorial dispute between Japan and Russia over the South Kuril Islands/Northern Territories remains the largest obstacle to concluding a peace treaty and fully normalising bilateral relations between the two nations. This book traces the evolution of transnational relations between subnational public authorities in Hokkaido and Sakhalin, examining the interrelationship between these ties and the Russo-Japanese territorial dispute. The book investigates why the development of Hokkaido-Sakhalin relations has failed to create, at the subnational level, an environment conducive to resolving (kankyo seibi) the South Kuril Islands/Northern Territories dispute. Brad Williams suggests that kankyo seibi has not worked primarily because Russia's troubled transition to a liberal democratic market economy has manifested itself in ways that have ultimately increased the South Kuril Islands' intrinsic and instrumental value for the Sakhalin public and regional elite. This in turn has limited the impact from the twin transnational processes of cultural and economic exchange in alleviating opposition to the transferral of these disputed islands to Japan. Drawing upon a wealth of primary and secondary sources from both countries, this book utilises levels of analysis and an analytical framework that incorporates national and subnational, as well as governmental and non-governmental forces to discuss a relatively unexplored aspect of Russo-Japanese relations. As such, Resolving the Russo-Japanese Territorial Dispute will appeal to students and scholars of Asian politics, international relations and post-communist states.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Note on transliterationp. xiv
Glossary and abbreviationsp. xv
Introduction: Subnational governments as international actorsp. 1
Tokyo, Moscow and the disputed islandsp. 20
Determinants of Russian and Japanese subnational diplomacy and the rise of the 'Sakhalin factor'p. 53
Hokkaido-Sakhalin transnational relationsp. 74
The Sakhalin political elite and the South Kuril Islandsp. 101
Sakhalin public opinion and the South Kuril Islandsp. 130
Sakhalin's commercial environment and local tradep. 145
Conclusion: Yeltsin, Putin and the 'Sakhalin factor'p. 167
Notesp. 178
Hokkaido-Sakhalin sister-city agreementsp. 193
Bibliographyp. 194
Indexp. 217
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