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Japan and Globalization
Japan and Globalization
Hugo Dobson
Introduction

Whereas Bernard Crick once famously described democracy as one of the most promiscuous words in the world of public affairs, today this honour could arguably go to globalization. Not only has it been described as promiscuous, it has also been seen as fuzzy and, in the case of one discipline, international relations (IR) theory, the ‘trendiest craze … at the turn of the century’ (Weber 2001: 104). A number of other IR scholars have reaffirmed this point and as Higgott and Reich (1998: 2) have written: ‘“Globalisation” is rapidly replacing the “Cold War” as the most overused and under-specified explanation for a variety of events in international relations'.

For some, it describes ‘the benevolent spread of liberal economic, political, and cultural processes, institutions, and practices throughout the world’ (Weber 2001: ...

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