This volume examines the unfolding relationships among the five great powers in Asia—the United States, China, India, Japan and Russia. It explores recent bilateral relations between these states. While the central theme is how China, the rising power, and the US, the sole superpower, will deal with each other, their policies and interactions will need to factor in the other three powers who will play significant roles in defining peace and stability in Asia.
Chapter 10: Japan in Asian Security
Japan in Asian Security
Threshold of Historic Change
Japan is going through a historic transformation, comparable in its significance to two other turning points in its modern history: 1) the Meiji Restoration of 1868 when Japan was compelled by the West to open up after having remained a closed country for nearly three centuries; 2) the end of World War II when Japan lay prostrate, its economy in shambles and its land under occupation.
Over the next 40 years after World War II, it rose to the status of being the second economic power after USA and the largest bilateral donor of ODA (Official Developmental Assistance) to Asian countries; it managed to have cordial relations with powerful neighbouring countries; it had a nuclear umbrella ...