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Global Powers in the 21st CenturyStrategies and Relations$
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Alexander T.J. Lennon and Amanda Kozlowski

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262622189

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262622189.001.0001

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Japan’s Goldilocks Strategy

Japan’s Goldilocks Strategy

(p.392) Japan’s Goldilocks Strategy
Global Powers in the 21st Century

Richard J. Samuels

The MIT Press

This chapter reveals Japan’s inability to fix any particular agenda or strategy for its foreign policy, which lacks any particular direction or objective. It seems that policymakers have prepared a haphazard foreign policy without any specific agenda or role for the country in international affairs. The provisions of Japan’s foreign policy seem to be dictated by the United States, which directs Japan regarding its role in the changing global scenario. It also appears that Japanese planners and policymakers have decided to maintain a neutral position in most of the international affairs and focus on protecting the national interests. Japan has furthermore focused on building its economy and dealing with several natural calamities that have adversely affected its prosperity and strategic planning.

Keywords:   Japan, foreign policy, United States, global scenario, natural calamities

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