Japan and Abe

dobsonIn a new article at JCA, “Is Japan Really Back? The “Abe Doctrine” and Global Governance” (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2016.1257044), Hugo Dobson of the School of East Asian Studies at Sheffield University, assesses Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and his administration’s approach to issues of global governance.

The abstract for the article states:

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has emerged as the “comeback kid” of Japanese politics and in his second term of office is now widely regarded as a rare example of strong leadership as he seeks to arrest and reverse his country’s perceived decline. The strategy to achieve these objectives has come to be known as the “Abe Doctrine,” which represents a radical but risky shift in foreign policy. This article outlines the tenets of the evolving Abe Doctrine and then applies them to the Abe administration’s behaviour in the mechanisms of global governance, a highly pertinent but overlooked example. It argues that although a more strategic and coherent approach to global governance has emerged under Abe than had been previously evident, this has been at the expense of the norm of internationalism that has traditionally shaped Japan’s role.

This is an open access article.

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