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Routledge Studies on the Asia-Pacific Region


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Asia’s dynamic economic growth during the past three decades has elevated the region’s significance in the global economy. The growing American economic linkages with the region has also elevated the region’s significance in U.S. foreign policy, as typified by President Obama’s "Rebalance to Asia" policy. Asia’s growth has not only been an economic blessing, but also a potential destabilizing factor in regional security. The continuing isolation of North Korea and its development of weapons of mass destruction, China’s rapid military modernization and growing maritime ambitions, uncertainties about U.S. security commitment to the region, and responses of the major powers (like Japan, India, and Russia) have dynamically interacted to shape the transformation of regional security.

At the same time, economic growth has affected domestic socio-political balance in each country, and the growing economic linkages have also boosted transnational interactions between both legitimate and illegitimate societal actors; business alliances, human rights groups, environmentalist networks, and transnational criminals are some examples. These changes in governance in the region have offered a very important subject to study.

This series aims to cut across the arbitrary sub-regional focus of much of Asian Studies and to explicitly incorporate the role of the United States in the region. In order to capture the dynamic economic, political, social, and cultural transformation of the region, a broader geographical scope must be studied together in multi- and inter-disciplinary fashion. Topics covered will include international relations, comparative politics, history, popular culture, media, crime, urbanization and economic integration.

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National Identity and Japanese Revisionism: Abe Shinzo’s vision of a beautiful Japan and its limits

National Identity and Japanese Revisionism: Abe Shinzo’s vision of a beautiful Japan and its limits

1st Edition

Michal Kolmas
October 02, 2018

Over the course of the twentieth century, Japan has experienced a radical shift in its self-perception. After World War II, Japan embraced a peaceful and anti-militarist identity, which was based on its war-prohibiting Constitution and the foreign policy of the Yoshida doctrine. For most of the...

The US-Japan Security Community: Theoretical Understanding of Transpacific Relationships

The US-Japan Security Community: Theoretical Understanding of Transpacific Relationships

1st Edition

Hidekazu Sakai
August 14, 2018

Drawing on the work of Karl W. Deutsch, this book argues that the United States and Japan have formed their own security community, based on a sense of “collective identity.” In so doing, it provides a new theoretical outlook on co- operation between the United States and Japan, offering a...

Local Political Participation in Japan: A Case Study of Oita

Local Political Participation in Japan: A Case Study of Oita

1st Edition

Dani Daigle Kida
August 06, 2018

How Do Japanese Citizens Participate Politically? Most Japanese citizens, perhaps with a bit of a chuckle, would answer that ‘average’ Japanese do not participate in politics. While political attitudes in other countries have fluctuated corresponding to social, political, and economic climates of...

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