Achieving Kyosei in East Asia
Edited by Yoichiro Murakami and Thomas J. Schoenbaum
Chapter 11: For Realizing Wa and Kyosei in East Asia
Shin Chiba 1. INTRODUCTION The task of any theorizing on peace has to start from the “materiality” of the concrete and actual historical context in which a theorist is situated. For the current author this Sitz im Leben can be stated in various ways. But one of the important contexts resides in the historical and current situation of Japan in East Asia. In this historical and regional context of East Asia, Japan is by no means innocent. This is the country which invaded the neighboring Asian and Paciﬁc-Rim countries with its ultra-nationalism and ﬁerce militarism during the so-called Fifteen Year War (1931–45). The Japanese government has recently begun to pursue the policy of “East Asian partnership” and “East Asian community”, especially in the areas of the economy and technology. But this policy naturally has not been altogether welcomed by neighboring nations. This Japanese government and the economic sector’s language of “East Asian partnership and community” has understandably been met with either indiﬀerence or nuanced hesitation as well on the part of the neighboring East Asian countries.1 Also within this context, the Japanese government has been strongly raising the issue of the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korea for three decades or more. But this voice has also been met with some indiﬀerence and hesitation in the context of East Asia. Besides this, today Japan must deal with three island disputes, that is, disputes over four northern islands with Russia, over Takeshima Island with Korea, and...
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