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Japan’s Foreign Policy Making

Central Government Reforms, Decision-Making Processes, and Diplomacy

  • Karol Zakowski
  • Beata Bochorodycz
  • Marcin Socha

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Karol Zakowski, Beata Bochorodycz, Marcin Socha
    Pages 1-11
  3. Karol Zakowski, Beata Bochorodycz, Marcin Socha
    Pages 13-31
  4. Karol Zakowski, Beata Bochorodycz, Marcin Socha
    Pages 33-53
  5. Karol Zakowski, Beata Bochorodycz, Marcin Socha
    Pages 55-75
  6. Karol Zakowski, Beata Bochorodycz, Marcin Socha
    Pages 77-96
  7. Karol Zakowski, Beata Bochorodycz, Marcin Socha
    Pages 97-115
  8. Karol Zakowski, Beata Bochorodycz, Marcin Socha
    Pages 137-155
  9. Karol Zakowski, Beata Bochorodycz, Marcin Socha
    Pages 157-179
  10. Karol Zakowski, Beata Bochorodycz, Marcin Socha
    Pages 181-202
  11. Karol Zakowski, Beata Bochorodycz, Marcin Socha
    Pages 203-231
  12. Karol Zakowski, Beata Bochorodycz, Marcin Socha
    Pages 233-242

About this book

Introduction

This book evaluates the impact of the 2001 central government reforms on effective foreign policy making in Japan. It puts a special focus on the evolution of the domestic institutional factors and decision-making processes behind Japan’s foreign policy, while also analyzing the development of Japan’s external relations with various other countries, such as the US, China and North Korea. Adhering to the neoclassical realist approach, the authors show that, thanks to a more independent Kantei-based form of diplomacy, Japan’s prime ministers were able to strategically respond to international developments, and to pursue their own diplomatic endeavors more boldly. At the same time, they demonstrate that the effectiveness of this proactive posture was still heavily dependent on the decision-makers’ ability to form cohesive coalitions and select suitable institutional tools, which enabled them to influence domestic and international affairs. 

Keywords

Foreign policy of Japan Decision-making process Political leadership Central government reforms in Japan Institutional change Neoclassical realism Japan–China relations Japan–US relations Liberal Democratic Party of Japan Japan's international relations

Authors and affiliations

  • Karol Zakowski
    • 1
  • Beata Bochorodycz
    • 2
  • Marcin Socha
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of International and Political StudiesUniversity of LodzLodzPoland
  2. 2.Chair of Oriental StudiesAdam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznanPoland
  3. 3.Faculty of International and Political StudiesUniversity of LodzLodzPoland

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