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Comprising 60.3 percent of the world's 7.2 billion population, Asia is an enigma to many in the West. Hugely dynamic in its demographic, economic, technological and financial development, its changes are as rapid as they are diverse. The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy provides the reader with a clear, balanced and comprehensive overview on Asia's foreign policy and accompanying theoretical trends. Placing the diverse and dynamic substance of Asia's international relations first, and bringing together an authoritative assembly of contributors from across the world, this is a reliable introduction to non-Western intellectual traditions in Asia. VOLUME 1: PART 1: Theories; PART 2: Themes; PART 3: Transnational Politics; PART 4: Domestic Politics; PART 5; Transnational Economics. VOLUME 2: PART 6: Foreign Policies of Asian States; Part 6a: East Asia; Part 6b: Southeast Asia; Part 6c: South & Central Asia; Part 7: Offshore Actors; Part 8: Bilateral Issues; Part 9: Comparison of Asian Sub-Regions.

A Rational Choice Analysis of Japan's Trade Policymaking
A rational choice analysis of Japan's trade policymaking
Kaoru Ishiguro

This chapter explains the ministry bureaucrat-led trade-policymaking regime in Japan using a rational choice analysis. I take up the Early Voluntary Sectoral Liberalization (EVSL) negotiations of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held in the latter half of the 1990s and examine what kind of influence the ministry bureaucrat-led trade-policymaking regime had on the negotiation results. In the analysis, I use a formal model of two-level game approach to examine the interdependence of international and domestic negotiations.

Many countries have concerns over the trade-liberalization negotiations between two countries and/or in regional areas, because multinational ...

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