Japan's Reluctant Realism Foreign Policy Challenges in an Era of Uncertain Power, by Green, Michael
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- ISBN: 9781403962355 | 1403962359
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 9/6/2003
Using case studies that look at China, the Korean peninsula, Russia and Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and international institutions, Michael Green uncovers a more Japanese foreign policy in Japan. Though it still converges with the US on fundamental issues, it is increasingly independent. While remaining low-risk, it is more sensitive to balance-of-power issues. It is still reactive, but it is far less passive. Green argues that this emerging strategic view, what he calls 'reluctant realism,' is being shaped by a combination of changes in the international environment, insecurity about national power resources, and Japanese aspirations for a national identity that moves beyond the legacy of World War II.