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Japan’s Arduous Rejuvenation as a Global Power

Democratic Resilience and the US-China Challenge

Palgrave Macmillan


  • Examines the history of Japan’s evolving relations with China, Southeast Asia and selected cases in the Middle East

  • Appraises the neo Conservatives’ movement to “normalise” Japan’s diplomacy over the last two decades

  • Considers the impact of the current US-Japan relationship on Japan’s position in Asia

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Rejuvenation of Japan

    • Victor Teo
    Pages 1-39Open Access
  3. Japan’s Rejuvenation: Origins, Debates and Concepts

    • Victor Teo
    Pages 41-105Open Access
  4. Japan’s Rejuvenation and the US-China Divide

    • Victor Teo
    Pages 107-132Open Access
  5. Recalibrating Japan’s Foreign Policy

    • Victor Teo
    Pages 195-223Open Access
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 225-242

About this book

This open access book assesses the profound impact of Japan’s aspirations to become a great power on Japanese security, democracy and foreign relations.  Rather than viewing the process of normalization and rejuvenation as two decades of remilitarization in face of rapidly changing strategic environment and domestic political circumstances, this volume contextualizes Japan’s contemporary international relations against the longer grain of Japanese historical interactions. It demonstrates that policies and statecraft in the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s era are a continuation of a long, unbroken and arduous effort by successive generations of leaders to preserve Japanese autonomy, enhance security and advance Japanese national interests.  Arguing against the notion that Japan cannot work with China as long as the US-Japan alliance is in place, the book suggests that Tokyo could forge constructive relations with Beijing by engaging China in joint projects in and outside of the Asia-Pacific in issue areas such as infrastructure development or in the provision of international public goods. It also submits that an improvement in Japan-China relations would enhance rather than detract Japan-US relations and that Tokyo will find that her new found autonomy in the US-Japan alliance would not only accord her more political respect and strategic latitude, but also allow her to ameliorate the excesses of American foreign policy adventurism, paving for her to become a truly normal great power.


  • Normalisation of Japan’s Foreign Policy
  • US-Japan Alliance
  • Japan-US Relations
  • Japan-China Relations
  • Japan’s Peacebuilding Contributions
  • Japan’s Anti-Piracy Contributions
  • Constitutional Amendment
  • Neo-conservatives in Japan
  • Japan in the Middle East
  • Open Access

Authors and Affiliations

  • The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR, People’s Republic of China

    Victor Teo

About the author

Victor Teo is Assistant Professor at the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Hong Kong. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and his primary research interests lie in the International Relations of Asia Pacific, with particular emphasis on the politics and foreign relations of Japan and China, as well as North Korean issues.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Japan’s Arduous Rejuvenation as a Global Power

  • Book Subtitle: Democratic Resilience and the US-China Challenge

  • Authors: Victor Teo

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-13-6189-0Published: 15 April 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-13-6192-0Published: 14 August 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-13-6190-6Published: 08 April 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 242

  • Number of Illustrations: 11 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: History of Japan, Asian Politics, World History, Global and Transnational History

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)