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Dialogue about Elections in Japan and South Korea

  • David C. Kang, David Leheny and Victor D. Cha

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The year 2012 was fascinating for domestic politics and international relations in Northeast Asia. Perhaps most notably, every country in the region experienced a change of leadership. China, Russia, North Korea, South Korea, and Japan all saw new leaders begin their tenure. In addition, regional relations took a turn for the worse, with numerous countries engaging in territorial and maritime disputes, disagreeing over interpretations of their shared histories.

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1 Schaede, Ulrike, Choose and Focus: Japanese Business Strategies for the 21st Century (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008).

2 Richard L. Armitage and Joseph S. Nye, “The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Anchoring Stability in Asia—A Report of the CSIS Japan Chair” (Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, August 2012), 1.

3 Doak, Kevin M., A History of Nationalism in Modern Japan (Leiden: Brill, 2006), especially pp. 270273.

4 For a good recent discussion of the DPJ that certainly lends some credibility to Professor Kang's “stuck in a rut” characterization, see Lipscy, Phillip Y. and Scheiner, Ethan, “Japan Under the DPJ: The Paradox of Political Change Without Policy Change,” Journal of East Asian Studies 12 (2012), 311322.

5 Dudden, Alexis, Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008).

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