The latest edition of this comprehensive and user-friendly textbook provides a single volume resource for all those studying Japan's international relations. It offers a clear and concise introduction to the most important aspects of Japan's role in the globalized economy of the twenty-first century. The book has been fully updated and revised to include comprehensive discussions of contemporary key issues for Japan’s IR, including:
the rise of China;
reaction to the global economic and financial crisis since 2008;
Japan’s proactive role after 9/11 and the war on terror;
responses to events on the Korean Peninsula;
relations with the USA and the Obama administration;
relations with Russia, Central Asia and the Middle East;
changing responses to an expanding and deepening European Union.
Extensively illustrated, the text includes statistics, maps, photographs, summaries and suggestions for further reading, making it essential reading for those studying Japanese politics and the international relations of the Asia Pacific.
'The launch of China’s first aircraft carrier, North Korea’s belated return to the Six Party Talks, the crisis over the Fukushima nuclear reactor, renewed Japanese interest in regional institutions, concern about the US economy, political instability in Japan itself – these are the stuff of current commentary in mid-2011. This, the third edition of this widely used textbook on the International Relations of Japan, gives the reader a firm grasp of the political complexities behind all this. East Asia, as the authors are fully aware, is moving to center stage, with potential both for solving global problems and for destructive conflict.' Professor J. A. A. Stockwin, former Director, Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies, University of Oxford
'Japan's foreign policy has been undergoing seismic shifts since the second edition of this fine book. A rising China, a now-nuclear North Korea, and an America bogged down in wars in Central Asia and the Middle East are but the most conspicuous of the major new challenges that confront Japanese policymakers. Experts and novices alike will find no deeper or more up-to-date analysis of these subjects than this new edition of Japan's International Relations.' Professor T.J. Pempel, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA