The Fukuda Doctrine has been the official blueprint to Japan’s foreign policy towards Southeast Asia since 1977. This book examines the Fukuda Doctrine in the context of Japan-Southeast Asia relations, and discusses the possibility of a non-realist approach in the imagining and conduct of international relations in East Asia.

The collapse of 54 years of Liberal Democratic Party rule and the advent of a new Democratic Party of Japan raises the question of whether the Fukuda Doctrine is still relevant as a framework to analyse Tokyo’s policy and behaviour towards Southeast Asia. Looking at its origins and norms amidst three decades of change, the book argues that the Fukuda Doctrine is still relevant to Japan-Southeast Asian relations, and should be extended to relations between China and Japan if an East Asian Community is to be built. The book goes on to discuss the Fukuda Doctrine in relation to the power shift in Asia, including the revitalization of Japan’s security role.

By providing a detailed understanding of a non-western perspective of Japan’s relationship with Southeast Asia, this book is a useful contribution for students and scholars of Asian Studies, Politics and International Relations.

chapter |9 pages


ByLam Peng Er

chapter 1|14 pages

The Fukuda Doctrine

Origins, ideas, and praxis *
ByLam Peng Er

chapter 2|11 pages

The Fukuda Doctrine

Diplomacy with a vision
ByEdamura Sumio

chapter 3|17 pages

Great powers, ASEAN, and Japan

The Fukuda Doctrine and thirty-five years after
ByYamamoto Yoshinobu

chapter 5|21 pages

Great power relations and their impact on Japan– Southeast Asian relations

A Chinese perspective
ByWang Jianwei

chapter 6|20 pages

Japan in the foreign relations of the ASEAN states

ByTang Siew Mun

chapter 7|19 pages

Japan and ASEAN in East Asian Community-building

Activating the Fukuda Doctrine
ByKitti Prasirtsuk

chapter 8|17 pages

Quo vadis, Asiae?

Changing Japan–ASEAN relations and the future of Asian regional architecture
ByYamakage Susumu

chapter 9|18 pages

New Japan–ASEAN cooperation for institutional building in the Asia-Pacific

Beyond the Fukuda Doctrine?
ByKikuchi Tsutomu