Japan's Foreign Relations in Asia has been specifically designed to introduce students to Japan’s foreign relations in Asia since 1990, a period in which there have been dramatic developments in Japan, including the reinterpretation of the Constitution and expanded US–Japan defence cooperation. The geopolitical dynamics and implications of these new developments are profound and underscore the need for a new textbook on this subject.

Covering not only the key regional players of China and the Koreas, this textbook also encompasses chapters on Japan’s relations with India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand, along with its multilateral engagement and initiatives. Combined with transnational chapters on critical issues, key themes covered by this book include:

  • An historical overview of key post-war developments.
  • Japan’s evolving security policy.
  • Analysis of the region’s escalating maritime disputes.
  • An evaluation of Japanese soft power in Asia.

Written by leading experts in accessible, jargon-free style, this new textbook will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Japanese politics, international relations and foreign policy and Asian affairs in general.

part I|31 pages


chapter 1|15 pages

Japan’s foreign relations in Cold War Asia, 1945–1990

ByJeff Kingston

chapter 2|14 pages

International relations theory and Japanese foreign policy

ByGilbert Rozman

part II|140 pages

Regional themes

chapter 3|14 pages

Evolution or new doctrine?

Japanese security policy in the era of collective self-defense
ByDaniel Sneider

chapter 4|12 pages

Japan’s security policy in the context of the US–Japan alliance

The emergence of an “Abe Doctrine”
ByChristopher W. Hughes

chapter 5|14 pages

Japan’s disarmament tightropes and triangulation

ByBrad Glosserman

chapter 6|13 pages

China’s grandiose maritime ambitions challenge Japan

ByHoward W. French

chapter 7|12 pages

Japan’s aspirational idea of inherency

ByAlexis Dudden

chapter 8|14 pages

“Commitment by presence”

Naval diplomacy and Japanese defense engagement in Southeast Asia
ByAlessio Patalano

chapter 9|17 pages

The triumph of hope over experience

The false promise of Japanese soft power in East Asia 1
ByThomas U. Berger

chapter 10|13 pages

Japan’s multilateralism in Asia

ByTina Burrett

chapter 11|14 pages

Japan’s reconciliation diplomacy in Northeast Asia

ByTogo Kazuhiko

chapter 12|15 pages

Japan’s rivalry with China in Southeast Asia

ODA, the AIIB, infrastructural projects, the Mekong Basin and the disputed South China Sea
ByLam Peng

part III|184 pages

Bilateral relations

chapter 13|13 pages

China in Japan’s nation-state identity

BySatoh Haruko

chapter 14|13 pages

Post-Cold War Sino-Japanese relations and Japan’s China policy

The rise of strategic realism
ByGiulio Pugliese

chapter 15|17 pages

Shadow boxing

Japan’s para-diplomacy with Taiwan
ByJeff Kingston

chapter 16|15 pages

Sour partners

Japan and South Korea’s uncomfortable compromise for cooperation
ByCheol Hee Park

chapter 17|15 pages

Japan–North Korea relations

ByAurelia George Mulgan

chapter 18|14 pages

Japan’s foreign relations with Russia

Unfulfilled potential
ByJames D.J. Brown

chapter 19|14 pages

Japan’s post-Cold War foreign policy toward Indonesia

ByHonna Jun

chapter 20|15 pages

Japanese–Thai relations

On a chessboard of domestic and regional politics
ByPavin Chachavalpongpun

chapter 21|21 pages

The evolution of Japan–Myanmar relations since 1988

ByRyan Hartley

chapter 22|17 pages

Japan’s foreign relations with the Philippines

A case of evolving Japan in Asia
ByMaria Thaemar Tana, Yusuke Takagi

chapter 23|13 pages

Japan–Vietnam relations

Implementation of the “strategic partnership”
ByNakano Ari

chapter 24|15 pages

Japan’s foreign relations with India

ByVarun Tomar, Giorgio Shani