The Courteous Power: Japan and Southeast Asia in the Indo-Pacific Era

The Courteous Power: Japan and Southeast Asia in the Indo-Pacific Era


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The Courteous Power seeks to provide a nuanced view of the current relationship between Japan and Southeast Asia. Much of the current scholarship on East-Southeast Asian engagement has focused on the multidimensional chess game playing out between China and Japan, as the dominant post-imperialist powers. Alternatively, there has been renewed attention on ASEAN and other Southeast Asian centered initiatives, explicitly minimizing the influence of East Asia in the region. Given the urgency of understanding the careful balance in the Indo-Pacific region, this volume brings together scholars to examine the history and current engagement from a variety of perspectives, ranging from economic and political, to the cultural and technological, while also focusing more clearly on the specific relationship between the region and Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472054978
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 11/08/2021
Series: Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies Series , #92
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

John D. Ciorciari is Associate Professor and Director of the International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan.

Kiyoteru Tsutsui is Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi Professor and Senior Fellow in Japanese Studies at the Shorenstein APARC at Stanford University, where he is also Director of the Japan Program, a Senior Fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and a Professor of Sociology.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1.    From the Fukuda Doctrine to the FOIP: The Evolution of Japanese Engagement in Southeast Asia    
By John D. Ciorciari and Kiyoteru Tsutsui

Part I. Relations on the International Political Plane

Chapter 2.    Japan as the Key to Southeast Asian Diversification
By John D. Ciorciari
Chapter 3.     Japan’s Defense and Security Cooperation in Southeast Asia: Developing Security Networks, Capacities, and Institutions
By Ken Jimbo
Chapter 4.    Wedge Strategy, Japan-ASEAN Cooperation, and the Making of EAS: Implications for Indo-Pacific Institutionalization
By Kei Koga
Chapter 5.    Japan’s Relations with ASEAN: Unity and Diversity in a Changing Regional Environment
By Shaun Narine
Chapter 6.    Not Quite a Follower: ASEAN’s response to Japan’s regional initiatives
By Kalvin Fung
Part II. Development, Culture, and the Roles of Non-State Actors
Chapter 7.    From Japan Inc. to the FOIP: the Evolving Role of Japanese Businesses in Japan’s Southeast Asia Policy
By Kitti Prasirtsuk
Chapter 8.    The Japanese Business Community as a Diplomatic Asset and the 2014 Thai Coup d’État
By Nobuhiro Aizawa
Chapter 9.    Japan’s NGOs and Effective Development Cooperation in Mekong Countries
By Siriporn Wajjwalku
Chapter 10.    Japan-Southeast Asia Engagements on the Ground: Japanese Women in Southeast Asia
By Leng Leng Thang and Mika Toyota
Chapter 11.     Revisiting “Cool Japan”: The Southeast Asian Gaze towards Japanese Manga and Anime  
By Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua
Chapter 12.    Japan as a Courteous Power: Continuity and Change in the Indo-Pacific Era
By John D. Ciorciari and Kiyoteru Tsutsui

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