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Identity, Culture and Memory in Japanese Foreign Policy

Edited By Michal Kolmaš and Yoichiro Sato

This book interprets the changing nature of Japanese foreign policy through the concepts of identity, culture and memory. It goes beyond rational interpretation of material interests and focus on values and ideas that are inseparable and pervasive in Japanese domestic and foreign policy. A set of chapters written by established Japanese and foreign experts show the nuances of Japanese self-images and their role in defining their understanding of the world. Stemming from historical memories of World War Two, the reconciliation between Japan and other Asian countries, the formation of Japanese self in media discourse to the role of self-perception in defining Japanese contemporary foreign and economic policies, the book offers a holistic insight into Japanese psyche and its role in the political world. It will be of utmost interest not only to the scholars of Japanese foreign policy, but also to a wide public interested in understanding the uniqueness of Japanese state and its people.

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Emilia S. Heo is an associate professor of international relations and peace studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and the author of Reconciling Enemy States in Europe and Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). She was an assistant professor of global studies at Sophia University, a JSPS research fellow at the United Nations University with joint affiliation to the University of Tokyo, a research associate at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the George Washington University, and a visiting scholar of Harry & Helen Gray AICGS reconciliation fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University. Her current research focuses on postwar reconciliation narratives, peace education, and the role of arts in processes of reconciliation beyond national borders. Heo holds an M.A. in European studies from Université Paris VIII and a Ph.D. in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.

Takashi Hosoda is a lecturer in Asian security at Faculty of Social Science, Charles University in Prague and a research fellow of Foreign Policy Center Tokyo in Japan. After he obtained a Ph.D., he worked at Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) as a research assistant, and Japanese Embassy in the Czech Republic as a researcher. His academic interests include the influence of people’s mutual perception, rivalry, and reconciliation to security policy; alliance theory including autonomy-security trade-off model; Asia-Europe security cooperation; and nuclear and maritime security.

Yoshinori Kaseda is a professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan. He received his B.A....

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