Pursuing 和 (Wa)
The book examines Japan-American relations from a historical perspective, with reading selections on the diplomacy of Theodore Roosevelt and the quest to balance power in Asia. It discusses Northeast Asia and the Pacific immediately after World War II as well as occupied Japan.
Contemporary issues are also addressed with articles and essays on how Japan is changing and what this means for the United States, corruption in Japanese politics, the role played by the Japan lobby in American politics and diplomacy, and triangularity issues such as collaboration, hedging, and identity politics in the relationship.
Pursuing 和 (Wa) helps students understand the vital nature of the connection between the two countries. The book is suitable for courses in Asian studies and international relations.