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Japan in International Politics: The Foreign Policies of an Adaptive State

Thomas U. Berger, Mike M. Mochizuki, and Jitsuo Tsuchiyama, editors
Japan in International Politics: The Foreign Policies of an Adaptive State
ISBN: 978-1-58826-483-1
ISBN: 978-1-58826-459-6
2007/349 pages/LC: 2006032419

"A relevant, readable collection of essays on Japan's changing international role.... General readers, lower-division undergraduates through faculty."—Choice

"A systematic analysis of how Japan's role in international politics will likely continue to change well into the 21st century."—Andrew Oros, Washington College


How have shifts in both the international environment and domestic politics affected the trajectory of Japanese foreign policy? Does it still make sense to depict Japan as passive and reactive, or have the country's leaders become strategic and proactive? Japan in International Politics presents a nuanced picture of Japanese foreign policy, emphasizing the ways in which slow, adaptive changes, informed by pragmatic liberalism, have served the national interest.

The authors analyze core issues in the arenas of security policy, economic relations, and regional diplomacy. The concluding chapter of the book considers the significance of Japan's current foreign policy posture for its future role in international politics.


Thomas U. Berger is professor of international relations at Boston University. Mike M. Mochizuki holds the Japan-US Relations Chair in Memory of Gaston Sigur at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Jitsuo Tsuchiyama is professor of international politics at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo.


  • Japan's Changing International Role—M.M. Mochizuki.
  • The Domestic Foundations of Japan's International Contribution—M. Kohno.
  • War Renunciation, Article 9, and Security Policy—J. Tsuchiyama.
  • Participation in UN Peacekeeping Operations—G. Ito.
  • A Defense Posture for Multilateral Security—M. O'Hanlon.
  • Adapting to Global Economic Change—E.J. Lincoln.
  • Building Stable International Financial Relations—Y. Kojo.
  • Responding to the Asian Financial Crisis—J. Inada.
  • The Politics of Memory in Japanese Foreign Relations—T.U. Berger.
  • The Role of Human Rights: The Case of Burma—C. Dalpino.
  • Dealing with a Rising China—M.M. Mochizuki.
  • The Pragmatic Liberalism of an Adaptive State—T.U. Berger.