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Japan's Open Future

An Agenda for Global Citizenship

John Haffner, Tomas Casas i Klett, Jean-Pierre Lehmann
 

Japan's Open Future

A provocative and persuasive argument for Japan to become an engaged and conscientious global citizen.

Imprint: Anthem Press
Hardback
ISBN 9781843313113
March 2009 | 336 Pages | 229 x 152mm / 9 x 6
 
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About This Book

'Brilliant. It analyses Japan's mistakes and possibilities of development, and it also looks at the future development of the China-Japan relationship. Sometimes onlookers at the outside are the ones who see the inside most clearly.' —Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

'Japan stands at the brink of a major financial crisis… Authors John Haffner, Tomas Casas i Klett and Jean-Pierre Lehmann argue that an economic mega-shock would be helpful for the Japanese economy — throwing it open to new ideas, investments and policies.' —‘The Globalist’

'I strongly recommend this book to the Japanese and international audience.' Wu Jianmin, Former President of China Foreign Affairs University

For many decades Japan enjoyed great success with its export-oriented economy and the outsourcing of its foreign policy to the United States under the US security umbrella. Its role in the world was simple, and times were good. But times have changed: With the end of the Cold War, a shrinking domestic population, global instabilities after 9-11, the financial crisis, and other seismic shifts, Japan now faces a more complicated world.

In this groundbreaking and provocative discussion, three foreigners who have lived and worked in Japan – a Canadian, a Frenchman and a Spaniard – argue that Japan has much to gain by pursuing a more engaged, outward-looking, multilateral posture in its region and globally. While the country will continue to enjoy good relations with the West, the time has come for Japan to embrace its Asian heritage and future, as well as its own potential contribution to world affairs. A globally engaged, more open Japan, the authors argue, is win-win-win: good for Japan, good for Asia, and good for the world. If Japan is truly to become a global citizen, however, it must not only reach out more to the world, it must also admit more of the world – new ideas, people, and capital from afar – on its own soil. But is Japan – the Japanese – prepared to do so?

For more information please see the book website: http://japansopenfuture.anthempressblog.com

Readership: The general reader with an interest in globalization and Asia, businesspeople and investors in Asia and Japan, policy makers, journalists and commentators, and academics and students.

Author Information

John Haffner works in strategic planning in the energy industry, and is a 2008 World Fellow at Yale University.

Dr Tomas Casas i Klett is an entrepreneur operating in China and a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Dr Jean-Pierre Lehmann is Professor of International Political Economy at IMD; he is also Founding Director of the Evian Group.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION; I. FACING HISTORY: GETTING PAST THE NATION STATE; II. GLOBAL COMMUNICATION: A MATTER OF HEART; III.  ESCAPING MERCANTILISM: FROM FREE-RIDER TO DRIVER; IV. EMBRACING BUSINESS RISK: ENTREPRENEURS AND KAISHA REBORN; V. OPEN POLITICS: UNLEASHING CIVIL SOCIETY; VII. GEOPOLITICS: A GLOBAL CITIZEN; CONCLUSION; BIBLIOGRAPHY