International Relations of Japan  Realities of Japan’s Foreign Policy Behavior in the International System  Issues  Organizations  Countries/Regions

Also Analytics behind Realities of Japan’s Foreign Policy Behavior in the International System  Theories/Frameworks in IR & Foreign Policy Analysis  Understanding, Analysis, Projection of FP Key Questions for Course  Why does a government (Japan) behave the way it does in the international system?  What exactly is the government doing with respect to a certain issue, a certain organization, or a certain country/region? (looking at Japan through multi-disciplinary lens)  What theories and frameworks allow us to make sense of or explain what the government has done Unraveling the Main Questions  Why does Japan behave the way it does in the international system?  What is the foreign policy?  Who makes foreign policy?  What explains foreign policy? Historical Characterizations  Late 1860s-early 1920s  Imperialist Japan (China, Russia, Korea, WWI)  Late 1920s-late 1930s  Ultranationalist Japan (Democratization, Depression, Militarism, China, Interwar, Pacific War)  Early 1940s-1945  Warring Japan (Domestic, China, Germany, Italy, Pacific War, Pearl Harbor) Contemporary Characterizations  1945-1989  Reactive Peaceful Japan (Defeat, Surrender, Victor’s Justice, Occupation, Reinvention, Economics, Globalization, Regionalism, Militarization)  1989-2000  Globalizing Japan (economic decline, economic integration, Asian regionalism, space and military power, “middle power”)  2000-Present  Pushback Japan? ( Back to Main Questions

and predict the course and consequences of Japan’s foreign policy behavior? . How do we understand explain.

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