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Japan's foreign policy, 1945-2009 : the quest for a proactive policy /
by Kazuhiko Togo.
edition
3rd extended ed.
imprint
Leiden, The Netherlands ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
description
xxi, 484 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9004185011, 9789004185012 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Leiden, The Netherlands ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
isbn
9004185011
9789004185012 (pbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
7329220
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"This book stands out amongst the crop of textbooks on Japanese foreign policy that have been available to date, because of its authoritative, insider voice. Here we not only learn what happened in postwar Japan's foreign policy, but what the thinking was behind these decisions. This is an invaluable element that brings the reader inside the policy-making rooms of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself. In the process, Japan's world view and its own self-image are concurrently revealed, in fascinating and unexpected ways. This book destroys stereotypes, and vastly improves the quality of our understanding of Japan as an international player. We are spoiled by the wisdom and experience of not just one, but three major forces in the shaping of Japan's international existence: Mr Togo's own formidable experience, plus the seminal contributions of his father and grandfather, who was instrumental in the closing phases of World War II. All of this makes this book indispensable to those who wish to truly understand Japan in her own terms, and through her own eyes."Rikki Kersten, Professor of Modern Japanese Political Studies at Australian National University"Ambassador Togo's distinctive account of Japanese foreign policy highlights the impact of the vacuum left by the humiliation of defeat in 1945. It bears witness to the intellectual and diplomatic challenge of finding answers to unresolved issues, including managing the U.S. alliance and enhancing cooperation in Asia. Updated to cover the results of the 2009 victory of the Democratic Party of Japan, this book shows how its change of course fits into a long-term narrative. In contrast to more impersonal, often unsympathetic analysis of Western authors and the self-serving writing of many Japanese, Togo offers a guide to Japan's quest, not a defense of its choices. The result is a wide-ranging look at foreign policy over more than 60 years seen from the perspective of an insider attentive to a proud nation's search for its bearings."Gilbert Rozman, Musgrave Professor of Sociology at Princeton University
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Ambassador Togo's distinctive account of Japanese foreign policy highlights the impact of the vacuum left by the humiliation of defeat in 1945. It bears witness to the intellectual and diplomatic challenge of finding answers to unresolved issues, including managing the U.S. alliance and enhancing cooperation in Asia. Updated to cover the results of the 2009 victory of the Democratic Party of Japan, this book shows how its change of course fits into a long-term narrative. In contrast to more impersonal, often unsympathetic analysis of Western authors and the self-serving writing of many Japanese, Togo offers a guide to Japan's quest, not a defense of its choices. The result is a wide-ranging look at foreign policy over more than 60 years seen from the perspective of an insider attentive to a proud nation's search for its bearings.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This review of postwar Japanese foreign policy traces the evolution of relations with allies & neighbours, including the recent development of a proactive foreign policy.
Description for Reader
All those interested in Japanese foreign policy, Japanese modern history, international relations in East Asia, diplomacy.
Long Description
Written by a former diplomat who was deeply involved in major issues of postwar Japanese foreign policy, this revised, expanded and updated third edition of Japan's Foreign Policy provides fascinating insider views on Japanese foreign policy from WWII to the present. A careful analysis can be found on, e.g., bilateral relations with the US, China, Korea, Southeast Asia, Russia, Europe and the Middle East as well as multilateral diplomacy. This revised edition explains how and why Japan is developing a more proactive foreign policy and pays special attention to vital policy issues which led to the formation of a new government in 2009. Its clear writing style makes it accessible to any reader who takes a keen interest in modern Japan.
Main Description
Now in its third edition.This is a fascinating insider account of postwar Japanese foreign policy written by a former senior Japanese diplomat. The author examines Japanese foreign policy as it approaches a crucial reorientation towards a more proactive policy stance. The book is exceptionally clear, accessible and interesting for anyone interested in modern Japan.
Main Description
Written by a former diplomat who was deeply involved in major issues of postwar Japanese foreign policy, this revised, expanded and updated third edition of Japan s Foreign Policy provides fascinating insider views on Japanese foreign policy from WWII to the present. A careful analysis can be found on, e.g., bilateral relations with the US, China, Korea, Southeast Asia, Russia, Europe and the Middle East as well as multilateral diplomacy. This revised edition explains how and why Japan is developing a more proactive foreign policy and pays special attention to vital policy issues which led to the formation of a new government in 2009. Its clear writing style makes it accessible to any reader who takes a keen interest in modern Japan.

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