J OF CHIN POLIT SCI (2018) 23:147–149 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11366-018-9536-9 BOOK REVIEW Sheila A. Smith, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016), 384p. $45.00 hardback; $28.00 paperback Ching-Chang Chen Published online: 22 January 2018 Journal of Chinese Political Science/Association of Chinese Political Studies 2018 Sheila Smith’s Intimate Rivals provides an empirically rich account of Japan’stroubled relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over the past two decades. The author first introduces how successive administrations in postwar Japan have relied on high-level diplomacy to manage volatile Japan-PRC relations, and how that tradition has been increasingly under challenge due to the emergence of diverse domestic interest groups (and thus the changing balance of advocacy on China). This is illus- trated by four cases that examine the controversies over prime ministerial visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, maritime demarcation and resource development in the East China Sea, food safety, and the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute (following the collision incident between a Chinese trawler boat and Japanese coast guard vessels near the islands in September 2010). The main argument of Intimate Rivals is that, as China’s rise continues to yield influence over various sectors of the Japanese society,
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Published: Jan 22, 2018
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