Bringing together the work of sixteen international Japan specialists and scholars, this book analyzes Japan’s culture and history to reflect on the critical policy decisions and national commitments required for the country to continue to succeed.

Comparing the current situation with the uncertainties of the late nineteenth century, this book investigates the possibility and desirability of a "New Meiji Transformation" in Japan. Set in the context of perceived demographic, ecological, fiscal and political decline in Japan, it explores what a New Meiji initiative would look like in the twenty-first century and whether a new era of renewal is needed to maintain and improve quality of life.

An interdisciplinary volume, this book covers contemporary issues in Japanese foreign, defense and nuclear strategies, as well as its aging population, higher education structure and environmental policies. As such Japan’s Future and a New Meiji Transformation will be of great interest to students and scholars of Japanese politics, economics and history, as well as Asian Studies more generally.

chapter 1|6 pages


Japan’s future and a New Meiji transformation—international reflections
ByKen Coates, Kimie Hara, Carin Holroyd, Marie Söderberg

part I|2 pages

Japan in a changing world

chapter 2|9 pages

New Meiji’s economics and finance

Is Abenomics successful and sustainable? Most probably not
ByAxel Berkofsky

chapter 5|15 pages

Japan’s emerging soft power in East Asia?

Taiwan as a crucial case
ByPaul Midford

chapter 6|10 pages

Japan and security in East Asia

Finding connections with the West
ByKimie Hara

chapter 7|20 pages

Nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula

Strategic adaptation, the Abe administration and extended deterrence in the face of uncertainty
ByJohn Nilsson-Wright

part II|2 pages

Is there a Meiji model for twenty-first-century Japan?

chapter 8|10 pages

Japan’s grand strategy

In defense of the liberal Western Pacific order
ByTsuyoshi Kawasaki

chapter 9|9 pages

Learning from Okinawa’s geopolitical history

How easing the burden of the bases makes good geopolitical sense
ByPaul O’Shea

chapter 10|14 pages

Meiji inspired diplomacy and politics for Japan’s future

ByScott Harrison

chapter 11|10 pages

Effective leadership in Japan

The case of Shibusawa Eiichi 1
ByGil Latz

chapter 12|9 pages

Uses of Meiji

Redefining history to repeat a success story
ByAnnette Skovsted Hansen

part III|2 pages

Japan’s strengths and challenges

chapter 13|13 pages

Japan and care in the community

Sharing evidence from policy experiments
ByJames H. Tiessen

chapter 14|14 pages

Reviving Japan through internationalization of higher education

Is there a “New Meiji”?
ByWilhelm M. Vosse

chapter 15|14 pages

Does rural Japan have a future?

ByKen Coates

chapter 16|11 pages

Natural disasters and Japan

ByDavid W. Edgington

chapter 17|9 pages

Planning for Japan’s twenty-first-century economy and society

ByCarin Holroyd