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By Gilbert Rozman

Eastern leaders and infrequently the media too have substituted symbols for process in facing Asia. This accomplished overview of 4 sessions over two decades exposes the strategic hole in viewing separately and jointly China, Taiwan, the Korean peninsula, Russia, critical Asia, and regionalism.

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21 First, there was Ohira Masayoshi, the prime minister who passed away during the election campaign in 1980. Sensing that he lived in an era of transition, he organized intellectuals and other leaders to come up with visions for such subjects as postindustrial economic management, pastoral cities, Pan-Pacific regionalism, governability in industrial democracies, and international security after hegemony. The notion of Pan-Pacific regionalism took concrete form as an agreement between him and Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser in January 1980, which developed into The 1980s ● 45 the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 1989.

Even after he won a resounding mandate through calling an election in September to the Upper House and Chinese leaders were searching for a way to give a fresh start to relations, Koizumi responded by visiting the Yasukuni shrine in October, leaving little hope that business as usual, let alone bilateral summits, could resume. Time after time, Koizumi vowed that he was remorseful of the pain that Japan inflicted in prewar years and made it clear that he was prepared to improve relations with Asian countries, including China and Korea, and that he took a rising China not as challenge but as opportunity.

In the wake of the San Francisco Peace Treaty diplomatic relations were realized with the Republic of China on Taiwan, leaving aside the People’s Republic of China. Only in the uncertain process of forging diplomatic ties with the Soviet Union in 1955–56 was there serious exploration of an autonomous approach, but that failed, resulting in no peace treaty and a lingering territorial dispute that made it harder for Japan to consider balancing its ties with the United States. The 1980s ● 39 Yoshida Line or Free Rider, 1960–75 In the next period Japan’s income level went up so steadily that Japan became the target of envy first and then of enmity.

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