International Status and Japan

David Leheny*


研究成果: Chapter


Beyond material power, states and people have shown themselves to be also interested in status, claiming and demonstrating their ostensibly rightful place atop (or near the top of) some kind of acknowledged hierarchy. Because status signaling is so pervasive, even ubiquitous, in global politics, it would be difficult to say that status matters especially to Japan. But it does seem to matter particularly to Japan, in the sense that there are particular motifs and themes that have been astonishingly consistent, not to mention widely exploitable and open-ended, in Japanese social debates about the country’s place as a potential global leader. This chapter traces debates about status, and argues that narrative is essential to understanding how status claims work and why they matter. It then sets three highly charged episodes-all of them involving arguments about Japan’s international position-against the backdrop of a widely shared postwar narrative about Japan.

ホスト出版物のタイトルThe Oxford Handbook of Japanese Politics
出版社Oxford University Press
出版ステータスPublished - 2020 1月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 社会科学(全般)


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