After World War II, Japan reemerged in the arena of international relations as an almost exclusively economic power without military might or territorial ambitions. Within some thirty years it transformed itself from a semideveloped state to a technological superpower with an economy that today is the second largest in the free world, next only to the United States, accounting for over 10 percent of total global production. The management of a rapidly growing industrial state with little domestic supply of resources necessarily requires great skill in the difficult task of maintaining sufficient access to overseas markets to sustain internal economic activity. Not surprisingly, then, Japan's foreign relations from World War II to the present have been heavily conditioned by economic considerations. This collection of original articles investigates how the economic growth of Japan has affected the pattern of its foreign relations and where and to what extent economic principles have had to be compromised for political, legal, cultural, or ideological reasons. The contributors, experts on Japan's economy, politics, and foreign relations, analyze the state of Japan's foreign relations with North America, the EC, Oceania, the Soviet Union, COMECON, China, ASEAN, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Korea, and Taiwan, focusing on developments in the last seven years and predicting likely trends in the 1980s.

chapter |12 pages

Introduction: The Political Economy of Japan’s Foreign Relations

ByRobert S. Ozaki

part 1|51 pages

Advanced Industrial Countries

chapter 1|18 pages

Japan and North America

ByFrank Langdon

chapter 2|14 pages

Japan and the European Community: An Uneasy Relationship

ByMarlis G. Steinert

chapter 3|17 pages

Japan and Oceania: Strained Pacific Cooperation

ByAlan Rix

part 2|52 pages

Socialist Countries

chapter 4|19 pages

Japan and the Soviet Union

ByJ.A.A. Stockwin

chapter 5|17 pages

Japan and COMECON

ByJoseph Richard Goldman

chapter 6|15 pages

Japan and China

ByWalter Arnold

part 3|110 pages

Developing Countries

chapter 7|15 pages

Japan and ASEAN

ByWillard H. Elsbree, Khong Kim Hoong

chapter 8|20 pages

Japan and the Middle East

ByWilliam R. Campbell

chapter 9|16 pages

Japan and Africa: Beyond the Fragile Partnership

ByHideo Oda, Kazuyoshi Aoki

chapter 10|18 pages

Japan and Korea

ByEdward A. Olsen

chapter 12|27 pages

Japan and Latin America

ByAkio Hosono