Case Study (Japan's East Asia Policy)


TANAKA, Hitoshi

Credits / Language / Semester

2Credits / English / Winter


East Asia is a region full of both incredible opportunities and monumental challenges. This is manifest in the region’s phenomenal economic growth, the rise of China and India, as well as various threats- both old and new-to regional peace and stability such as the North Korean nuclear issue and the emergence of a number of non-traditional security issues. In the mist of these challenges, one thing is clear: Japan’s foreign and security policy six decades after the end of the second World War stands at a crossroads under the DPJ.

In addition to conducting a review of Japan’s approach to East Asia, this course will also examine its future options.

Teaching Methods

Discussions will center upon the following topics:

* Korean Peninsula
* China
* US-Japan security alliance
* East Asia economic and security architecture

Students will be required to read widely, prepare a number of policy papers, and actively participate in class discussions.


Class participation, Report

Required Text

Japan’s Policy for East Asia, Hitoshi Tanaka, Asia-Pacific Review, Vol.14, No. 2, 2007
Japan and Asia in Transition, Hitoshi Tanaka, East Asia Insights, 2006-2007

Reference Books

●Hitoshi Tanaka, East Asia Insights, Japan Center for International

●Reimagining Japan,McKinesey,2011

●Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World, USIP, 2011

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