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Japan's Policy Stance on East Asian Neo-Regionalism: From Being a “Reluctant”, to Becoming a “Proactive” State


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  • Chang-Gun Park
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    This article is a theoretically grounded empirical contribution aimed at shedding light on Japan's policy stance on East Asian neo-regionalism. It aims to examine the recent region-building process in East Asia. The dynamics in East Asia suggest that regional institutionalization, brought about by norm diffusion based on the idea of neo-regionalism, is likely to follow a progressive and evolutionary trajectory through the institutionalization of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) + 3 (South Korea, Japan and China). It provides a wide spectrum of regional-integrationist perspectives in order to offer as full a picture as possible of Japan's role in promoting regional integration in East Asia. The key finding of this article is that Japan has changed from a being “reluctant”, to becoming a “proactive” state in the context of regional collaboration in East Asia.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Global Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 285-301

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:glecrv:v:35:y:2006:i:3:p:285-301

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    Keywords: Japan; EAEC; ASEAN + 3; East Asia; reluctant state; proactive state; neo-regionalism;


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    1. David Potter & Sudo Sueo, 2003. "Japanese Foreign Policy: No Longer Reactive?," Political Studies Review, Political Studies Association, vol. 1(3), pages 317-332.
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