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The China Problem in Postwar Japan: Japanese National Identity and Sino-Japanese Relations - SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan (Hardback)
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The China Problem in Postwar Japan: Japanese National Identity and Sino-Japanese Relations - SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan (Hardback)

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Hardback 312 Pages / Published: 29/01/2015
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The 1970s were a period of dramatic change in relations between Japan and the People's Republic of China (PRC). The two countries established diplomatic relations for the first time, forged close economic ties and reached political agreements that still guide and constrain relations today. This book delivers a history of this foundational period in Sino-Japanese relations. It presents an up-to-date diplomatic history of the relationship but also goes beyond this to argue that Japan's relations with China must be understood in the context of a larger "China problem" that was inseparable from a domestic contest to define Japanese national identity. The China Problem in Postwar Japan challenges some common assertions or assumptions about the role of Japanese national identity in postwar Sino-Japanese relations, showing how the history of Japanese relations with China in the 1970s is shaped by the strength of Japanese national identity, not its weakness.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472575463
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 617 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This review cannot do justice to the author's wide-ranging analysis of the nationalist discourse by many Japanese intellectuals and political leaders and its linkage to Japan's China policy ... This book is a major contribution to the study of post-war Japan-China relations ... Written and structured well, it will assist students as well as researchers to better understand the tortuous development of this important bilateral relationship. -- Reinhard Drifte * The China Quarterly *
Hoppens' argument is backed by a solid base of Japanese, Chinese and English-language primary and secondary sources ... Hoppens is to be applauded for not merely relying on the "official" sources ... [as] in moving beyond just the "official" position, readers get a much more rich, nuanced analysis of how the Japanese general public viewed China in the 1970s ... [This book] will be the standard to which those interested in this period of Sino-Japanese relations first turn for the foreseeable future. * Journal of Contemporary Asia *
Richly detailed, the book is by far the most comprehensive English-language diplomatic history of this pivotal period in Sino-Japanese relations and the transformation of Japan's post-war national identity. * Japanese Studies *
The book will be of great interest to anyone concerned with Sino-Japanese relations. * Monumenta Nipponica *
Very well researched ... A lucid and reasoned approach to important issues ... A very welcome addition to the large literature on Japanese "identity" and Japan's political discourse. * Radke Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies *
How China and Japan have regarded one another since 1945 has led to the expenditure of much ink, but the search for the right words to make sense of it all remains incomplete. As arguably the most important bilateral tie in East Asia-between the world's second and third largest economies, and two mighty militaries-an explanation is as desirable as it is necessary. Hoppens goes a long way toward that end with this book, especially in assessing the decade of the 1970s and addressing the ramifications of cataclysmic defeat on Japan's postwar national identity. He takes beyond Sino-Japanese diplomatic normalization, even touching on the debates over "history" that occupied many a mind in the early 1980s. For those interested or concerned with the China-Japan relationship, this book deserves our cogitation. * Joshua A. Fogel, Canada Research Chair and Editor, Sino-Japanese Studies, York University, Canada *
The China Problem in Postwar Japan is a fresh and ambitious new look at the complexities of the relationship that postwar Japan has pursued with its giant neighbor, China. Linked by geographic proximity as well as a shared history, Japan's leaders have always faced the challenge of adroitly maneuvering a foreign policy with China that would maximize Japan's national interests while also balancing domestic concerns (trade and national security) and its alliance with the United States. Utilizing a trove of archival material from Japan, China, and the US, Hoppens does a fine job of illuminating both the success and failures of Japan's quest in dealing with this so-called "China problem." This is a must read for not only those interested in postwar Sino-Japanese relations, but also for policy-makers who need to garner further insight into what kind of future awaits East Asia with a bolder and more confident China and a wary Japan that is increasingly leaning towards a more proactive security policy. * Tosh Minohara, Professor of Japanese Diplomacy, Kobe University, Japan *

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