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By Gilbert Rozman

Jap leaders and sometimes the media too have substituted symbols for method in facing Asia. This accomplished evaluation of 4 classes over two decades exposes the strategic hole in viewing separately and jointly China, Taiwan, the Korean peninsula, Russia, relevant Asia, and regionalism.

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Japan was not only a strong supporter of the accord but also its vigorous implementer. S. dollar in relation to other currencies by massively purchasing treasury bonds from abroad, especially from Tokyo and Bonn. The exchange rate for dollars subsequently rose visibly. One effect was to stimulate Japanese investment in Asia, leading to a sharp jump in manufacturing abroad and a more pronounced Japanese presence in the region. This increased focus on Asia was seen also in leadership actions. Nakasone was the first postwar Japanese prime minister who did not visit the United States first upon accession to power.

S. 26 The rise of Japan invited criticism from abroad. The inflationary The 1980s ● 47 economy after the Plaza Accord heated up excessively and in tandem with inflation voices against the government from below increased. New thinking was gaining some ground, challenging the main approach of this era. -led global system. 27 The triangle was best characterized as cordial and stable.

Mutual antipathy was heightened 30 ● Rozman, Togo, and Ferguson after provocations and failed efforts to take initiatives that might have limited the damage. The year 2005 saw Japan’s position in Northeast Asia plummet to its lowest point in several decades. Koizumi had opportunities to forestall or at least limit the troubles, but no initiative was seen. S. S. strategy without reassuring Asian countries on matters of regionalism and history. Instead of working to reinforce ties with South Korea and searching for a way to win its backing for Japan’s plans for United Nations Security Council reform, Koizumi stayed in the background as Shimane prefecture rekindled a territorial dispute with South Korea.

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