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The ‘abnormal’ state: Identity, norm/exception and Japan
  • Linus Hagström
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • European journal of international relations
  • 1 March 2015
The term ‘abnormal’ has frequently been used to describe post-war Japan. Together with the idea that the country will, or should have to, ‘normalise’ its foreign and security policy, it has beenExpand
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‘Power Shift’ in East Asia? A Critical Reappraisal of Narratives on the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Incident in 2010
* Corresponding author: Email: hagstrom@ui.se. y Linus Hagstrom is associate professor of political science and senior research fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. He is alsoExpand
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Japan and identity change: why it matters in International Relations
Abstract Two approaches to identity have been employed to explore issues in Japan's international relations. One views identity as constituted by domestic norms and culture, and as constitutive ofExpand
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Relational Power for Foreign Policy Analysis: Issues in Japan’s China Policy
The aim of this article is to demonstrate how a relational concept of power can benefit Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA). It begins by drawing attention to the fact that Japan’s foreign policy has beenExpand
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The North Korean abduction issue: emotions, securitisation and the reconstruction of Japanese identity from ‘aggressor’ to ‘victim’ and from ‘pacifist’ to ‘normal’
Abstract After Kim Jong-il's confession in 2002 that North Korean agents had abducted thirteen Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s, North Korea has become the most detested country in Japan, andExpand
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The Sino-Japanese battle for soft power: pitfalls and promises
Beijing and Tokyo are currently involved in a zero-sum battle for soft power. Both governments are actively trying to shape how third party actors understand contested matters in their bilateralExpand
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Sino-Japanese Relations
The 2008 commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the peace and friendship treaty between Japan and the People's Republic of China coincided with much optimism about the healthy development andExpand
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War is peace: the rearticulation of ‘peace’ in Japan’s China discourse
Abstract This article demonstrates that a national identity defined by a normative commitment to peace is not necessarily an antidote to remilitarisation and war. More specifically, the article takesExpand
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what is the point? teaching graduate students how to construct political science research puzzles
One of the key challenges graduate students face is how to come up with a good rationale for their theses. Unfortunately, the methods literature in and beyond political science does not provide muchExpand
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Understanding fluctuations in Sino-Japanese relations : to politicize or to de-politicize the China issue in the Japanese diet
From the late 1990s to the late 2000s, scholarly literature and media analysis shifted from representing the Sino-Japanese relationship as generally “good,” to portraying it as generally “bad,” andExpand
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