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One Hundred Fifty Years of Japanese Foreign Relations

One Hundred Fifty Years of Japanese Foreign Relations

From 1868 to 2018

Written and edited by Hatano Sumio
A project by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Diplomacy
Translated by Carl Freire, Terry Gallagher, and Tom Kain

Future Titles / Political Science

To be published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-86658-173-6 (Paperback) | 500+ pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | ** 2021

※Information for this title is still tentative and subject to change prior to publication

About the Book

This book represents an effort to trace the past 150 years of Japan’s diplomatic history, focusing on the thoughts and actions of the leaders of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since the ministry’s establishment in 1869. It includes a discussion of the last fifteen years of the Edo period, beginning with the arrival of Admiral Perry in 1854. Since the Meiji era, Japan’s foreign policy has been informed by its response to that “confrontation from the West.”

This foreign policy has been largely based on “accommodation diplomacy” (also called responsive diplomacy). Japan has designed its diplomatic response with an eye to its own foreign policy goals, applying the metric of what might be feasible more than what might be desirable. In “accommodation diplomacy,” the international issues, international order, and the rules of the game are not defined. In that sense, there has been no all-encompassing strategy behind Japan’s foreign policy. Instead, Japan has regarded the international situation simply, as a set of facts. It has sought to maximize the benefits to itself while minimizing risk. Its foreign policy has been an attempt to solve this conundrum through accommodation. Reflective of the times, this has required an abundance of creativity. Japan has needed to be both pragmatic and forward-thinking in its response to changes in the international environment.

In the postwar period, as Japan aimed to elevate its standing in the competition-driven international environment, its foreign policy can be understood as an extension of the way it had comported itself since the Meiji era: emphasizing cooperation and coordination with other nations while responding to changes in the international environment.

About the Author


Hatano Sumio was born in 1947. After obtaining his doctorate degree from Keio University Graduate School of Law, he became a research fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies. Later, at the University of Tsukuba, he became first a professor and then vice-president and head of the library. He has also held other academic posts, including as a researcher at Harvard University. Professor Hatano is now director-general of the Japan Center for Asian Historical Records at the National Archives of Japan. He is head of the editorial committee of the Documents on Japanese Foreign Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is also a professor emeritus at University of Tsukuba, specializing in the history of Japanese politics and diplomacy. Professor Hatano has authored several books in Japanese, including volumes on Pearl Harbor (Asahi Shimbunsha); the Pacific War and Asian diplomacy (University of Tokyo Press); the Japanese nation and history (Chuokoron Shinsha); the history of the US-Japan Security Treaty (Iwanami Shoten); and Prime Minister Suzuki Kantarō (Iwanami Gendaizensho). In addition, he was co-editor of a six-volume series on Japanese diplomacy (Iwanami Shoten) as well as a book on the Second Sino-Japanese War (Chuokoron-Shinsha), among others.






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