Economic Diplomacy: Japan and the Balance of National Interests . Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, (2013), isbn 978-90-04-25542-5 (hardback), 978-90-04-25543-2 (e-book), 209 pp., us $ 131.00. eu –Japan Relations, 1970-2012: From Confrontation to Global Partnership . New York: Routledge, (2013), isbn 978-0-415-65872-0 (hardback), 978-0-203-52930-0 (e-book), 352 pp., us $ 170.00. These are two new books on Japan, very different in style, but with one thing in common: they both point out the importance of looking at Japan to gain clues as to what will happen in our globalized world. Japan’s past and future development, especially at the nexus of diplomacy, politics and economics, is of relevance not only to North-East Asia but also to Europe. It is something that Europeans need to relate to and learn from if they want to have a say in the way the world will be governed in the twenty-first century. Okano-Heijmans’ book is based on her Ph.D. thesis on economic diplomacy and features how Japan has employed its economic strength for political purposes as well as diplomatic influence for economic objectives. As relative power is shifting from the West to East Asia and the Asia–Pacific region, governments all over the world are reassessing the
The Hague Journal of Diplomacy – Brill
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