Japan's Emergence as a Global Power: James I. Matray

Japan's Emergence as a Global Power: James I. Matray

Japan's Emergence as a Global Power: James I. Matray

Japan's Emergence as a Global Power: James I. Matray

Synopsis

Out of the ashes of its defeat in World War II, Japan arose to become the foremost economic power in East Asia and a major player on the world economic stage. How did it do this? This work provides a concise summary and analysis of Japan's emergence as a global economic power. This guide discusses the growth of Japan as an unconventional global power based on the strength of its economy and the softening of its economy in the 1990s. Six topical essays are supported by a timeline of events in postwar Japan, biographical profiles of key players, the text of important primary documents, a glossary of terms, and an annotated bibliography.

Excerpt

Entering a new millennium has caused people around the world to reflect on the past. Journalists and newscasters devoted considerable time during 1999, for example, to compiling lists of the most significant people and events of the twentieth century. Time magazine named Albert Einstein as the last century’s most important person. The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) picked basketball player Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls as the greatest athlete of the twentieth century. There even was a ranked list of the fifty most influential songs of the last century. Historians would have difficulty agreeing on a ranking of the century’s one hundred most important events or individuals. But there might be more consensus on a list of the nations that have had the greatest influence on international affairs during the twentieth century. The United States would be an easy choice. Also, the Soviet Union obviously was a key player, but its revolutionary birth and humiliating death gave this nation an artificial quality. Japan might deserve the top spot, given its arrival as a world power not once, but twice in the past century.

This book provides a concise summary and analysis of Japan’s emergence for a second time in the twentieth century as a global power. The book’s focus is on international affairs, covering domestic developments in Japan that have had an important impact on foreign policy. Japan first emerged as a world power in 1905, after decisively defeating tsarist Russia in the Russo-Japanese War and securing international recognition of its imperial holdings in East Asia.

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