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


  • Chang-Gun Park


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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  • Chang-Gun Park, 2006. "Japan's Policy Stance on East Asian Neo-Regionalism: From Being a “Reluctant”, to Becoming a “Proactive” State," Global Economic Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(3), pages 285-301.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:glecrv:v:35:y:2006:i:3:p:285-301
    DOI: 10.1080/12265080600888033

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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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