Japan's International Agenda

Yoichi Funabashi, ed.; foreword by Tadashi Yamamoto

The end of the Cold War has put even further pressure on Japan to become a more active player in world politics befitting its position as an economic superpower. This situation has forced Japan to reassess the basic premises on which its foreign policy rests. It has also exposed deep flaws in the nation’s political system, such as the inability to produce strong leaders and the tendency to respond piecemeal to foreign pressure rather than as part of an integrated strategy.
The essays in this book summarize Japan’s past strategies and goals and define its new international role in the post-cold war world. The contributors examine the security, economic, and trade issues facing Japan today, propose solutions, and pinpoint structural changes needed to ease the process of designing and implementing new policies. The book also calls attention to the need to educate the public and create new venues for discussing and formulating foreign policy goals that reflect the views of experts outside of government circles, not just a narrow bureaucratic perspective.
The book grew out of a research project called Japan’s International Agenda and organized by the Japan Center for International Exchange.


1. Introduction: Japan’s International Agenda for the 1990s
Yoichi Funabashi, Washington Bureau Chief, Asahi Shimbun
2. Japan’s Security Policy in the 1990s
Akihiko Tanaka, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Tokyo
3. Technology and the Setting for Japan’s Agenda
Taizo Yakushiji, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Keio University
4. US-Japan Macroeconomic Policy Coordination: Agenda for the 1990s and Beyond
Takatoshi Ito, Professor, Institute for Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University
5. Ruler Maker of World Trade: Japan’s Trade Strategy and the World Trading System
Kazumasa Iwata, Professor, University of Tokyo
6. Japan’s Role in Economic Cooperation and Direct Foreign Investment
Makoto Sakurai, Director-General, Mitsui Marine Research Institute
7. Japan’s International Agenda: Structural Adjustments
Heizo Takenaka, Associate Professor, Keio University
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ISBN 0-8147-2613-5; 214 pages; cloth