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Making Sense of Japanese Power. The Case of Sino-Japanese Interaction over the Pinnacle Islands

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  • Hagström, Linus

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    (European Institute of Japanese Studies)

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    This paper takes its point of departure in a critique of the predominant way in which Japanese power has been conceived/perceived in academic Japanese foreign policy discourse. As an alternative to the /lack of/ power analysis within this discipline, it introduces a relational concept of power and then starts to develop its analytical potential. The selection of a context in which it would seem unlikely that Japan could make successful influence attempts, next provides the application of this conceptual/analytical approach with a ‘crucial case’. An analysis of Sino-Japanese interaction over the disputed Pinnacle (Senkaku or Diaoyu) Islands along such lines indeed demonstrates that Japan attempts to exert power over China, mostly by means of different kinds of civilian statecraft. Although a large number of policy instruments used to this aim are ideational, the analysis shows that they seem to rest rather on economic and, to some extent, diplomatic policy bases.

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    Paper provided by The European Institute of Japanese Studies in its series EIJS Working Paper Series with number 155.

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    Length: 38 pages
    Date of creation: 01 Oct 2002
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    Publication status: Published in The Pacific Review, 2005, pages 159-188.
    Handle: RePEc:hhs:eijswp:0155

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    Keywords: Japanese foreign policy; China-policy; Sino-Japanese relations; Japanese power; Pinnacle Islands; Senkaku Islands; Diaoyu Islands; relational power analysis; ideational statecraft.;

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    1. McKeown, Timothy J., 1999. "Case Studies and the Statistical Worldview: Review of King, Keohane, and Verba's Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 53(01), pages 161-190, December.
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