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Japan in International Politics The Foreign Policies of an Adaptive State by Thomas U. Berger

Japan in International Politics The Foreign Policies of an Adaptive State


Japan in International Politics The Foreign Policies of an Adaptive State by Thomas U. Berger

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.


A systematic analysis of how Japan's role in international politics will likely continue to change well into the 21st century. - Andrew Oros, Washington College

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

15th March 2007


Thomas U. Berger

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Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc


350 pages


International relations
Regional studies



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