Review Section pp. 150 51), the North Korean problem (e.g., p. 161), and China's and Japan's more recent complex rivalry for a free trade agreement with the Association of South East Asian Nations. Neither of these books will be seen as seminal work on Japan-ChinaU.S. relations or on the theory or development of international relations of the Asia-Pacific or as a definitive treatment of its subjects. They are, however, good empirical studies that provide well-researched, detailed analyses of different kinds of changes and policy shifts in the triangular relationship. Ito's, with appropriate caveats for this single-case determinism of subsequent events, is a well-done contribution on the Sino-American rapprochement with China and its consequences for Japan. Drifte's may well have a place as a prescient and important volume tracing the development and origins of the ambivalent but increasingly competitive relationship of China and Japan, and the policy dilemmas inherent in it, subjects that will undoubtedly receive much more attention in the future. Many chapters of these books will be useful for class use, by both the professor and the students. Japan in Crisis. By S. Javed Maswood. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, 2002. ix, 179 pages. $65.00. Reviewed by LEONARD J.
The Journal of Japanese Studies – Society for Japanese Studies
Published: Jul 30, 2004