Japan's territorial disputes: Policy success or failure?
- Date: Thursday, 27 July, 2017
5.30pm to 6.45pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
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Japan's disputes with its neighbours
Today, Japan has territorial disputes over groups of islands with all of its neighbors. This talk will examine Japan’s state-level policies related to these disputes and analyze whether the goals of these policies were achieved or not.
There are different ways of evaluating success of failure of a certain policy pursued by the government. The approach taken here construes policy success as simply an achievement of the goals set by the policy makers. It may seem that in the case of territorial disputes retrieving or retaining the territory in question is the main interest that shapes related policies.
However, in this talk Bukh will argue that control over the territory has not been the only, and, at times, not the main goal of policies developed and pursued by Japan's government. He will also show that the territorial disputes’ related interests were not static and evolved over time, reflecting changes in ruling elites’ priorities, domestic politics and changes on both regional and global levels.
About the speaker
Dr Alexander Bukh is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Prior to his current appointment, he was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsukuba University, Japan. Alexander published numerous articles and book chapters on territorial disputes and national identity of Japan and Korea and a monograph on the role of Russia in Japan's identity and foreign policy.
Alexander's current research focuses on territorial disputes related activism in Northeast Asia. In 2016, Alexander produced and co-directed a documentary that focuses on Dokdo/Takeshima dispute related activism in Japan and Korea.