Department Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University College of Asia Pacific Studies Position Associate Professor
|Japan UK relations before and after the Brexit referendum (chapter in Kolmas, Michal
Sato, Yoichiro eds. Identity, culture and memory in Japanese Foreign Policy, Bern: Peter Lang)
|Kolmas and Sato (eds) Identity, culture and memory in Japanese Foreign Policy
|Bern: Peter Lang
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|In the post-war era Japan and the UK have built up good economic and political relations which have increasingly been characterised by a mutual respect and even appreciation of each other’s cultures and interests. This chapter uses a framework of national identity to ask how Japan is dealing with the sudden change in its perceptions of its relations with the UK. It argues that the changes in Japan’s national identity have allowed it to gradually become more independent of the US security alliance, and this has allowed Japan to pursue diversification of its international partners to the benefit of the UK, notwithstanding Japan’s negative opinion of the consequences of Brexit for economic ties.
Keywords Japan, UK, international relations, Brexit, national identity