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Christopher W. Hughes

In: The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies

Chapter 23: Japan's International Relations

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Japan's International Relations
Japan’s International Relations
Christopher W. Hughes
Japan's International Relations: A Growing and Dynamic Field of Study

Japan's international relations has moved from being a minor and rather marginalised field of study during the Cold War period to becoming increasingly mainstream and vibrant in the past two decades, and capable of attracting considerable attention from both Japan and non-Japan specialists alike. Indeed, it is even arguable that Japan's international relations, and the related sub-fields of security policy and international political economy, have now shifted to become the dominant arenas for debate on Japanese politics and economics. Japan's perceived domestic political and economic stultification has inevitably engendered a move towards concentrating on the comparatively fresh dynamism of its international relations; although, of course, Japan's domestic and international politics and economics continue to be inextricably linked and influence each other, and ...

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