Japan, The Toothless Tiger (Paperback)Declan Hayes (author)
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Once a political and economic powerhouse, Japan now finds herself severely weakened and in a very troubling situation with a belligerent and expansionist China on one side and a still-influential but distant and waning America on the other. For years Japan has adhered to its commitment to a strictly defensive military, while China, once the "sick man of Asia" rapidly expands its military--probing and pushing its neighbors to their limits. As the pendulum of geopolitical power inexorably swings back to China, Japan faces several dilemmas. What choices it makes will prove vital not only for its survival, but for the entire Pacific region.
Declan Hayes draws on his experiences teaching in Japan for over a decade at Tokyo's Sophia University to give an insider's perspective on this topic, placing the Pacific situation in a political context. Hemmed in by mounting tensions with China over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands and facing nuclear threats from North Korea, what should Japan do? Should she rearm? Should she get the bomb? What are the consequences of rearming, or not rearming? Professor Hayes outlines a way forward by presenting how and why Japan must develop a more sophisticated approach to China, Russia and the two Koreas to address growing threats to her security and national interests.
Not merely an analysis of Japan and China, this book covers the entire region and all of its players. Topics include:The prospects for War. The Dagger to the Heart: Korea. Taiwan: China's Rebel Province. China versus Japan. Japan the Toothless Tiger. Japan's Military Machine. Japan's Home Front. Into the Future.In this second edition, Professor Hayes includes a preface with updates about recent developments in Asia. As the permanent interests of China and Japan, East Asia's main protagonists, do not and cannot change, Japan: The Toothless Tiger is even more relevant now than when it was first published.
Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 204 g
Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 20 mm
Edition: 2nd ed.
"A controversial book with which many will disagree, and for that reason well worth the read. Combative, argumentative and critical, it highlights the negatives as well as the usual lauded positives of Japan's place in the world. With the current revisionist move to the Right in Japanese politics, it is timely reminder of some of the darker forces underlying the Japanese 'success' story." --John Clammer, United Nations University, Tokyo
"Declan Hayes is fearless in his analysis and reliable to offer a different take on things. Japan's military role and ambitions, and her stance vis-a-vis China and North Korea remain as topical as ever. Declan's mix of analysis, historical facts and anecdotes does not fail to engage the reader." --Richard Werner, Director, Centre for Banking, Finance and Sustainable Development, University of Southampton and author of Princes of the Yen
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