The US remains the leading world power, but across the Pacific, Japan has the world s second largest ecomy and great international ecomic clout. Some voices in the international arena have urged Japan to play more constructive and politically active roles in the international arena. This volume collects essays analyzing the key issues in Japan s international relations as it heads toward a new world order: the pressing global and regional issues and their domestic implications, the actors, and the major policy directions.
Takashi Inoguchi is Professor and Head of the Centre for Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide. Purnendra Jain is Professor of International Relations at the University of Tokyo.