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Japan, perhaps in some measure because of its so-called minimalist style of diplomacy, has largely been ignored in the councils of the wealthy industrial powers despite the nation's commanding economic stature. Japan is a resource-poor nation, dependent on the US for its security, and for its survival on an orderly and peaceful international order--but a world order that it is powerless to help enforce. Today's Japan seeks recognition and influence in keeping with its world economic role. If the Japanese leaders can be brought to reform their constitution so that military forces can take full part in UN peacekeeping operations, the world might then see this nation as a credible candidate for the ultimate goal the Japanese seem to want: a permanent seat on the Security Council. These and related questions are addressed in a series of cogent essays by recognized Japan scholars, all former students of retired Columbia professor William Morley. Major topics covered include diplomatic style, thrust for economic success, search for security, Japan's neighbors, and the new multilateralism. Endnotes. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty. C. C. Brett; emeritus, Monmouth College (IL)
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