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Norms, Interests, and Power in Japanese Foreign Policy by Yoichiro Sato, Keiko Hirata

By Yoichiro Sato, Keiko Hirata

This edited quantity places forth a theoretically and empirically rigorous research of jap overseas policy.  It explains the impression of norms on Japan’s overseas coverage habit, drawing on 3 significant paradigms of diplomacy scholarship—constructivism, realism, and liberalism. via 9 case experiences on Japan’s defense, monetary, and environmental rules, this publication examines how norms do or don't advisor jap international coverage and the way they have interaction with pursuits and tool. In doing so, this booklet explores no matter if the rationalist and constructivist colleges of inspiration are almost certainly complementary or jointly exclusive. 

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For instance, I will use the constructivist assertion that norms constitute an important aspect of actor identity and interest (and therefore influence actor behavior)6 to analyze how a group of Japanese norm entrepreneurs promoted a prohibitionary norm against Antipersonnel Mines (APMs), and how they eventually convinced state leaders to change their perspectives of the national interest. The norm entrepreneurs were not always motivated by material interests—as rationalists would argue—but were certainly driven by humanitarian concerns for landmine victims.

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