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The persistence of reified Asia as reality in Japanese foreign policy narratives

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posted on 17.04.2015, 10:08 by Taku TamakiTaku Tamaki
Asia is narrated in Japanese foreign policy pronouncements as an opportunity as well as a threat. Despite the purported transformation from militarism to pacifism since August 1945, the reified images of Asia as an ‘entity out there’ remain resilient. The image of a dangerous Asia prompted Japan to engage in its programme of colonialism before the War and compels policy makers to address territorial disputes with Asian neighbours today. Simultaneously, Asia persistently symbolises an opportunity for Tokyo to exploit. Hence, despite the psychological rupture of August 1945, reified Asia remains a reality in Japanese foreign policy.

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  • Business and Economics

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  • Business

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PACIFIC REVIEW

Volume

28

Issue

1

Pages

23 - 45 (23)

Citation

TAMAKI, T., 2015. The persistence of reified Asia as reality in Japanese foreign policy narratives. Pacific Review, 28 (1), pp. 23 - 45.

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© Taylor & Francis

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Pacific Review on 21 Oct 2014, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09512748.2014.970036

ISSN

0951-2748

Language

en