From Rhetoric to Reality

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About the author:
Weston S. Konishi is director of Asia-Pacific studies at IFPA, where he specializes in Japan and Asia policy issues. In 2009, he served as an analyst in Asian affairs at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), authoring Japan's Historic 2009 Elections: Implications for U.S. Interests, the first report to Congress focusing on the Democratic Party of Japan. From 2007 to 2008, Weston was a Council on Foreign Relations/Hitachi International Affairs fellow in Japan, conducting research on Japanese foreign and defense policies at the Tokyo-based Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS) and the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS). From 2004 to 2007, he served as director of programs at the Mansfield Foundation, where he oversaw the foundation's exchanges, policy dialogues, research projects, and development activities. From 2000 to 2008, Weston was a monthly contributing columnist on regional affairs for the Daily Yomiuri. He is a member of the United States Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (USCSCAP) and a member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future. Weston received his BA and MA from the International Christian University in Mitaka, Tokyo, where he was awarded a Monbusho (Ministry of Education) Scholarship.

From Rhetoric to Reality
 

Foreign-Policy Making under the Democratic Party of Japan

Authored by Weston S. Konishi

For over fifty years, Japan's foreign policy has been predicated on bilateralism, primarily in the form of its alliance with the United States. Throughout most of the 2000s, successive Japanese governments tilted toward even closer relations with Washington, but this fragile consensus favoring "enhanced bilateralism" appeared in peril as the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) scored an unprecedented election victory over the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in August 2009.
As the new government in Tokyo prepared to take over, some party leaders promised fundamental changes in Japan's foreign policy, including a more "equal" alliance with the United States and closer ties with the Asian mainland. Once in power, however, the DPJ struggled to implement its ambitious foreign policy vision, instead becoming mired in contentious alliance management issues with Washington as well as diplomatic disputes with Beijing and Seoul.
This report, the result of a major project by the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA), chronicles the DPJ's foreign-policy making since the party came to power, highlighting key trends in Japan's diplomatic behavior as well as the major structural factors that have shaped and colored the ruling party's foreign policy approach. In particular, the study identifies four main foreign policy schools of thought within the ruling party and their influence over the DPJ's first three prime ministers. Its findings help shed light on the DPJ's evolving foreign policy challenges, with broader implications for Japan's alliance with the United States and regional diplomacy.


Publication Date:
May 29 2012
ISBN/EAN13:
1477510249 / 9781477510247
Page Count:
112
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Language:
English
Color:
Full Color
Related Categories:
Political Science / International Relations / General




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