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Japanese and Korean Politics

Alone and Apart from Each Other

  • Editors
  • Takashi Inoguchi

Part of the Asia Today book series (ASIAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Are Japan and Korea Alone and Apart from Each Other?

  3. Japanese Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Takashi Inoguchi
      Pages 9-20
    3. Yutaka Harada
      Pages 21-47
  4. Korean Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Won-Taek Kang
      Pages 99-120
    3. Yuki Asaba
      Pages 173-191
  5. Foreign Policy: Japan and Korea

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-295

About this book


This volume examines Japanese and Korean politics from both Japanese and Korean angles, exploring why the two countries do not cooperate bilaterally or consult one another, despite their geographical closeness and a number of common features that are central to both countries' domestic politics and foreign policies.


foreign policy geopolitics international relations Nation parliament Policy politics transformation

About the authors

Yuki Asaba, University of Niigata Prefecture, Japan Seung-chan Boo, Yonsei University, South Korea Yutaka Harada, Waseda University Takashi Inoguchi, University of Niigata Prefecture, Japan Won-Teak Kang, Seoul National University. South Korea Satoru Miyamoto, Seigakuin University, Japan Jongryn Mo, Yonsei University, South Korea Chung-In Moon. Yonsei University, South Korea, Ambassador for International Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Republic of Korea Cheol Hee Park, Seoul National University. South Korea Seung-won Suh, Korea University in Seoul, South Korea Kazuhiko Togo, Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan

Bibliographic information


“The book is insightful for emphasizing how party politics and macroeconomic/monetary policies–two areas that many security-focused books overlook–are closely linked to bilateral interactions. … The book’s greatest strength is the way that it highlights Japan and South Korea’s diverging strategies in facing the United States-China rivalry, and explaining this as one of the most serious sources of bilateral deadlock.” (Seung Hyok Lee, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 89 (2), June, 2016)