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Koizumi Diplomacy Japan's Kantei Approach to Foreign and Defense Affairs

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ISBN-10: 0295986999

ISBN-13: 9780295986999

Edition: 2008

Authors: Tomohito Shinoda

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Japan's policymaking strategy in foreign and defense affairs changed dramatically in 2001 after Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi took the helm of the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Following a series of bland and short-lived prime ministers, Koizumi's infusion of fresh energy into a tired and opaque party has been compared with Tony Blair's successful revamping of New Labour in the U.K. Koizumi, however, had a weak power base in the party and limited diplomatic experience. How, then, was he able to exercise leadership? Tomohito Shinoda analyzes the prime minister's role in policymaking, focusing on the assistance he receives from the Kantei, or Cabinet Secretariat, the Japanese…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 2/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.04" wide x 9.02" long x 0.53" tall
Weight: 0.660

A Note on Conventions
Abbreviations and Japanese Terms
The Roots of Kantei Diplomacy
A Traumatic Experience: From the Gulf Crisis to the International Peace Cooperation Legislation
The Rise of the Kantei
Koizumi's Response to Terrorism: The 2001 Anti-Terrorism Legislation
Preparing for a National Contingency: The 2003 Emergency Legislation
Dispatching the SDF to Reconstruct Iraq: The 2003 Iraq Special Measures Legislation
Evaluating Kantei Diplomacy