Japanese Policymaking : The Politics Behind Politics Informal Mechanisms and the Making of China Policy, Hardback Book

Japanese Policymaking : The Politics Behind Politics Informal Mechanisms and the Making of China Policy Hardback

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Japan's policymaking is, given that nation's economic prowess and history, of considerable worldwide interest.

Quansheng Zhao makes a highly original and important contribution to an improved understanding of Japanese policymaking processes by examining several informal approaches or mechanisms, which in their interrelationships directly impact policy formulation.

He examines kuromaku or the informal organizations or political actors; isuskiai or social connections; and nemawashi or the behind the scenes preparations and shows their effect on policy through detailed empirical analysis. Four case studies involving Japan's policies toward China offer special, and captivating, insights into Sino-Japanese relations and provide lessons relative to the country's international policies.

The highly informed treatment of political institutions, social environments, and political cultures will provide a needed understanding of essential elements affecting the stance Japan takes vis-a-vis other countries.

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