Japanese Foreign Policy: The Emerging Logic of Multilateralism

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As Japan's economy grew and gained clout in international markets, the pressure on Japan to become more visible in international political affairs increased. The storm of criticism Japan received for its lack of direct involvement during the Gulf War triggered a national debate, the result of which is still emerging as Japan explores a more proactive foreign policy through multilateral channels. Admittedly, Japan's record of multilateralism since its debut at the Post-World War I Paris Peace Conference to its latest bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council has often been fraught with failures. In some quarters, Japan was dubbed the 'silent partner' or even a 'free rider' in multilateral institutions. Admittedly passive, admittedly with error, Japanese foreign policy attempted to adapt to conditions set by world leaders and be a full-fledged partner in multilateral institutions. At the threshold of the twenty-first century, Japan must forge its foreign policy between two extremes: the potential destructiveness of modern weaponry and its constitutionally sanctioned denunciation of war. Wedged between these two realities, Japan is morally and politically bound to play a greater role in cooperative security - to ensure the prevention of conflicts via cooperation rather than competition for the maintenance of international peace and security.

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'This book by Akiko Fukushima shows the course which Japan's foreign policy should take now and early in the new century, after having examined Japanese traditional foreign policy and new trends in international peace and security following the end of the Cold War. Japanese foreign policy has traditionally relied primarily on bilateralism reflecting U.S. foreign policy, and Japan was sometimes criticized as a free rider in international security. Now, Japan has begun a slow shift in its emphasis towards a more multilateral approach by taking a more positive role within its economic and political framework.
Through careful description and logical analysis, Ms Fukushima's recommendation of a strengthened multilateral approach based on cooperative security is highly persuasive as the best way for Japan to proceed into the coming millennium. This book discusses the path Japan is capable of taking for real political leadership as a navigator in the twenty-first century.' - Mitsuru Kurosawa, Professor of International Law and Relations, Osaka University


AKIKO FUKUSHIMA is Senior Researcher at the National Institute for Research Advancement in Japan, which is a semi-private, semi-governmental Japanese policy research organization. She was appointed to Researcher in July 1994 and shortly thereafter to Senior Researcher. She has also been a member of the Committee on International Economy of the Prime Minister's Office, the Government of Japan since 1995. She received her MA in international economics and international relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in the United States, and her PhD in international public policy from Osaka University, Japan. Her recent articles in NIRA Policy Research includes Exploring a New Dimension of International Peacekeeping: Humanitarian Action, World Think Tank Intellectuals: What Challenges Do They Face?

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Editore: Palgrave MacM (2017)
ISBN 10: 0333736540 ISBN 13: 9780333736548
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