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Re-rising Japan

Its Strategic Power in International Relations

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Edited By Hidekazu Sakai and Yoichiro Sato

"The lost two decades" of Japan’s economic power since the early 1990s have generated the image among scholars in the discipline of international relations (IR) that Japan is no longer a significant player. Hence, today’s IR literature focuses on the rise of China. Re-rising Japan: Its Strategic Power in International Relations challenges this trend by showing up-to-date evidence that Japan is still a major power in today’s international relations where the interests and power of the United States and China have increasingly clashed over many issues.

Indeed, since the Abe cabinet re-emerged in December 2012, there has been growing academic interest in Japan’s bold monetary/financial/social policies (Abenomics) and relatively assertive security policy. Where is Japan heading, and what path has it taken since the 2000s? This book responds to these questions.

Re-rising Japan assembles the latest studies on Japan written by today’s young and energetic scholars. It consists of three parts: (1) Geopolitics, (2) Domestic Political-Social Norms and Values, and (3) Asian Regional Integration and Institutionalizations. The individual chapters reveal what power assets Japan has and their strength and weakness in today’s international relations. Readers will attain a complete picture of Japan and its evolving new strategy in the decaying U.S. unipolar system where China has been behaving as a revisionist state.

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ASIAN PACIFIC STUDIES

Yoichiro Sato, General Editor

Asian Pacific Studies, a new policy-oriented academic field, provides abundant knowledge including international politics, social science, business, economics, history, anthropology and environmental studies in the Asia Pacific region. The field encompasses a broad multi- and interdisciplinary scope, in conjunction with its geographical scope over the broader “Asia-Pacific” region and its interactions with other regions. Asian Pacific Studies aims to publish books with such disciplinary and geographical scopes.

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