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Japan and Korea in the 1990s

From Antagonism to Adjustment Brian Bridges, formerly Professor, Department of Politics and Sociology, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Japan and Korea in the 1990s examines the historical legacies, the current perceptions and the policy making processes. It then details the recent trends in the economic, political–strategic and cultural dimensions of the relationships. The involvement and influence of the other interested powers, China, the former Soviet Union and the United States, as well as the broader regional context, are considered. A separate chapter concentrates on the current Japan–North Korea negotiations
Extent: 196 pp
Hardback Price: $140.00 Web: $126.00
Publication Date: 1993
ISBN: 978 1 85278 681 6
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Asian Politics
  • International Politics
The complex inter-relationships between Japan and the two Koreas are thoroughly assessed in this authoritative new book, which concentrates upon developments since the late 1980s and the prospects for the 1990s.

Japan and Korea in the 1990s examines the historical legacies, the current perceptions and the policy making processes. It then details the recent trends in the economic, political–strategic and cultural dimensions of the relationships. The involvement and influence of the other interested powers, China, the former Soviet Union and the United States, as well as the broader regional context, are considered. A separate chapter concentrates on the current Japan–North Korea negotiations

Brian Bridges has written an enlightening study of this important area in international relations. As the only up-to-date study of Japan–Korea relations available in English, it will be welcomed by teachers, students and policymakers alike.
‘Brian Bridges skilfully disentangles the many strands of Japan’s relationship with both South and North Korea. His study is both deep and broad. In short, this thorough, balanced, judicious and clearly written study can be highly recommended to both the specialist and those who want to know more about the present state and future outlook of the relationship between Japan and Korea.’
– Wolf Mendl, Conflict Bulletin

‘Few situations are at once so fraught and so fascinating as that between Japan and the two Koreas. Brian Bridges puts us all in his debt by this clear and concise yet comprehensive and insightful account of a relationship as ambivalent as it is close. Everyone with an interest in East Asia and World Affairs should read this book.’
– Aidan Foster-Carter, Leeds University Korea Project, Leeds, UK

‘Bridges has written a very informative study of the complex triangular relationship between North Korea, South Korean, and Japan.’
– J. M. Peek, Choice

‘Japan and Korea in the 1990s is in many ways a triumph. . . . a first-rate analysis of Japan-Korea relations.’
– Robert J. Webber, Millennium

‘Oddly enough, given the long-standing nature of the issue and its recognised importance in the study of contemporary East Asian politics and strategy, Bridges’ book is the first full-length account of the subject in English.’
– Jim Hoare, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

‘The author is to be congratulated for providing a timely and perceptive study of Japanese-Korean relations. The book is written in a clear narrative style, marked by an absence of post-modernist esoteric jargon, makes excellent use of a wide range of sources, both Japanese and Korean and offers a balanced analysis of a complex and multi-layered relationship.’
– Michael Weiner, Asian Affairs

‘All in all, the book under review is a very competent and readable study of one of the most important triangular relationships in the world today. It can also serve as a useful introduction to the international relations of Northeast Asia, arguably the most dynamic region in the world.’
– B.C. Koh, Journal of Japanese Studies
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. The Legacies of History 3. Perceptions and Policy-making 4. The Political and Security Triangle 5. The Major Powers and the Korean Conundrum 6. Economic Interdependence 7. Culture, Korean Residents and Reconciliation 8. Normalising Japan-North Korea Relations 9. Conclusions References, Index