Japan’s Foreign Policy in the 1990s

From Economic Superpower to What Power?

  • Reinhard Drifte

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Reinhard Drifte
    Pages 1-14
  3. Reinhard Drifte
    Pages 144-161
  4. Reinhard Drifte
    Pages 162-168
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 169-197

About this book


This book looks at Japan's foreign policy at the regional and global level from a power perspective. It argues that Japan is no longer an economic superpower while satisfying itself with the posture of a political pygmy. Instead Japan is increasingly translating its economic power into influence over the perceptions, intentions, options and material circumstances of other people. This new power posture has been referred to as 'civilian power' but is no less effective for national interest than military power was in the past. The present economic difficulties and the political upheaval have not significantly dented Japan's power.


environment foreign policy perception Policy Superpower

Authors and affiliations

  • Reinhard Drifte
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NewcastleUK

Bibliographic information