The Empire of Japan's Foreign Policy
The Empire of Japan’s Foreign Policy. Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia, 15(1), 17- 26 (April/May 2016)
11 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2016
Date Written: April 6, 2016
The present research applies the Theory of Harmony through Holistic Engagement to the foreign policy of Japan. As the third largest economy in the world and one of the most highly developed countries in the world, Japan is a major international power. Most analysts interpret Japan’s foreign policy through the lenses of realist, exceptionalist, or liberal institutionalist approaches. All the previously mentioned approaches tend to be based on etic studies conducted from the point of view of outsiders. The present interpretation of Japanese foreign policy applies an emic model based on primary sources from the Greater East Asian region and concludes that the Model of Harmony through Holistic Engagement shows considerable explanatory traction in interpreting the direction and development of Japanese foreign policy, in particular in the last two to three decades.
Keywords: Japan, Foreign Policy, Holistic Engagement, Foreign Affairs
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