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Peace in Northeast Asia

Resolving Japan’s Territorial and Maritime Disputes with China, Korea and the Russian Federation Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Harold S. Shefelman Professor of Law, University of Washington, US
This book takes an in-depth look at Japan’s long-festering territorial and maritime disputes with its three neighbors – China, South Korea and the Russian Federation. Japan has established friendly relations with all three former adversaries since the end of World War II, but these sovereignty issues remain. All three disagreements have recently flared into potentially violent incidents that could erupt again at any time. The book explores each situation and proposes concrete compromise solutions to each of the outstanding disputes.
Extent: 144 pp
Hardback Price: $127.00 Web: $114.30
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84720 665 7
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This book takes an in-depth look at Japan’s long-festering territorial and maritime disputes with its three neighbors – China, South Korea and the Russian Federation. Japan has established friendly relations with all three former adversaries since the end of World War II, but these sovereignty issues remain. All three disagreements have recently flared into potentially violent incidents that could erupt again at any time. The book explores each situation and proposes concrete compromise solutions to each of the outstanding disputes.

The key recommendation the book sets forth is that the disputes in question be resolved through the conclusion of separate negotiated agreements between Japan and each of its neighbors, whereby separate Zones of Cooperation and Environmental Protection are established in northeast Asia. These three agreements would be international treaties with the purpose of establishing ongoing permanent cooperation in the three disputed areas. The book concludes with a discussion of the need for broader multilateral institutions of cooperation.

International relations specialists, government officials, international lawyers and scholars of Asian politics will find great value in the knowledgeable discussions of these complex issues.
‘The volume provides comprehensive explanations and useful points to help readers understand various conventions, principles, and bases for dispute settlements in terms of international law, especially for those who are not familiar with legal discussions about these islands.’
– Kimie Hara, Journal of Japanese Studies

‘. . . this book provides a logically written explanation of legalistic matters that otherwise would be hard to approach for the layman. . . The arguments laid out in this book are clear and precise and postulate a need for mutual co-operation and an ecological use of resources as well as the importance for regional actors to use international legal institutions as a conduit to peaceful resolution and mutual benefit.’
– Markus Bell, East Asia Integration Studies

‘. . . the book successfully outlines the essential points of the disputes and proposes the establishment of regional fora for security and development.’
– Gibeom Kim, Political Studies Review
With contributions from: Reinhard Drifte and Michael Hahn
Contents: 1. Introduction: Resolving the Disputes on the Basis of Peace, Justice and International Cooperation 2. The Politics of the East China Sea Gas Dispute: Ongoing Discussion between China and Japan by Reinhard Drifte 3. The Legal Aspects of Japan’s Territorial and Maritime Disputes with Neighboring States 4. Options for Dispute Settlement by Michael Hahn 5. Finding Solutions to the Disputes between China and Japan 6. Finding a Solution to the Takeshima/Dok Island Dispute between Japan and South Korea 7. Solving the “Northern Territories” Problem and Concluding a Peace Treaty between Japan and Russia 8. Security and Cooperation in Northeast Asia Index