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Japanese Policymaking

Japanese Policymaking


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About the Book

Japan's policymaking is, given that nation's economic prowess and history, of considerable worldwide interest. Quansheng Zhao makes a highly original and important contribution to an improved understanding of Japanese policymaking processes by examining several informal approaches or mechanisms, which in their interrelationships directly impact policy formulation. He examines kuromaku or the informal organizations or political actors; isuskiai or social connections; and nemawashi or the behind the scenes preparations and shows their effect on policy through detailed empirical analysis.

Four case studies involving Japan's policies toward China offer special, and captivating, insights into Sino-Japanese relations and provide lessons relative to the country's international policies. The highly informed treatment of political institutions, social environments, and political cultures will provide a needed understanding of essential elements affecting the stance Japan takes vis-a-vis other countries.


About the Author:

QUANSHENG ZHAO is Director of the Institute of Asian Studies, Chairman of the Asian Studies Committee, and faculty member in political science at Old Dominion University. He is co-editor of Politics of Divided Nations: China, Korea, Germany, and Vietnam (1991) and has authored articles published in Asian Survey, Asian Profile, The Annals of the AAPSS, Journal of Northeast Asian Studies, The Pacific Review, and World Outlook.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275944490
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger Publishers
  • Height: 229 mm
  • No of Pages: 256
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 539 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0275944492
  • Publisher Date: 28 Feb 1993
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 18 mm
  • Width: 152 mm


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