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 Senkaku Islands issue, the North Korean nuclear issue and the emergence of a number of non-traditional security issues. In the midst of these challenges, one thing is clear: Japan’s foreign and security policy stands at a crossroads as relative power balance in East Asia changes.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:
* Key elements which affect Japan's foreign policy
* 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, essay

Reference Books

●Hitoshi Tanaka, East Asia Insights, Japan Center for International
●Hitoshi Tanaka, Tanaka Hitoshi "Kou", the Japan Research Institute, Ltd.
●Reimagining Japan, McKinesey, 2011
●Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World, USIP, 2011

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