Case Study (Japan's East Asia Policy)


TANAKA, Hitoshi


Winter Semester; Tue.; Time slot #6


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, continued tensions in the Taiwan Strait, 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.

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

Course Materials

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


Participation to discussion and a final report

Other resources