What is Asia for Us and Can We Be Asians? The New Asianism in Contemporary Japan

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    This paper traces the development of the 'New Asianism' in Japan over the past quarter of a century. It identifies three broad trajectories or normative positions in the debate: those advocating the replication of a Japanese model in Asia, those in favour of a genuine community of equals, and those who see Asia as the only future for Japan and as a solution for the country's economic and social problems. The paper argues that the evolution and shifting prominence of each trajectory over time is indicative of the ways globalization and regionalization are impinging on imaginations of the nation and facilitating novel perspectives on East Asia in Japan. Although the nation-state is, and will probably remain, an important force behind Japan's relations in Asia for the foreseeable future, the New Asianism may be indicative of its gradual relativization and the beginning of a new, more multidimensional understanding of Asia in Japan.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1594-1636
    JournalModern Asian Studies
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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