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Japan in Peace and War
By John W. Dower
New Press, 1994, 288 pp.
Looking at the Sun: The Rise of the New East Asian Economic and Political System
By James Fallows
Pantheon, 1994, 544 pp.
"Rich Nation, Strong Army": National Security and the Technological Transformation of Japan
By Richard J. Samuels
Cornell University Press, 1994, 552 pp.
In a world fraught with geopolitical un-certainty, Japan is clumsily searching for a new political order. At the same time, it is trying to extract itself from a deep structural recession. Will these challenges produce a new political economy that gives greater weight to consumer interests, or will they merely reinforce Japan’s old mercantilism? Will Japan become a "normal" country and develop a military commensurate with its economic power, or will it continue to assert itself primarily through nonmilitary means? Will Japanese foreign policy continue deferring to the United States, or will Tokyo finally assert its leadership in East
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