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Japan's Open Future

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A provocative and persuasive argument for Japan to become an engaged and conscientious global citizen.


For many decades Japan enjoyed great success with its export-oriented economy and the outsourcing of its foreign policy to the United States under the US security umbrella. Its role in the world was simple, and times were good. But times have changed: With the end of the Cold War, a shrinking domestic population, global instabilities after 9-11, the financial crisis, and other seismic shifts, Japan now faces a more complicated world.



In this groundbreaking and provocative discussion, three foreigners who have lived and worked in Japan – a Canadian, a Frenchman and a Spaniard – argue that Japan has much to gain by pursuing a more engaged, outward-looking, multilateral posture in its region and globally. While the country will continue to enjoy good relations with the West, the time has come for Japan to embrace its Asian heritage and future, as well as its own potential contribution to world affairs. A globally engaged, more open Japan, the authors argue, is win-win-win: good for Japan, good for Asia, and good for the world. If Japan is truly to become a global citizen, however, it must not only reach out more to the world, it must also admit more of the world – new ideas, people, and capital from afar – on its own soil. But is Japan – the Japanese – prepared to do so?



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INTRODUCTION; I. FACING HISTORY: GETTING PAST THE NATION STATE; II. GLOBAL COMMUNICATION: A MATTER OF HEART; III.  ESCAPING MERCANTILISM: FROM FREE-RIDER TO DRIVER; IV. EMBRACING BUSINESS RISK: ENTREPRENEURS AND KAISHA REBORN; V. OPEN POLITICS: UNLEASHING CIVIL SOCIETY; VII. GEOPOLITICS: A GLOBAL CITIZEN; CONCLUSION; BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Japan’s Open Future
Japan’s Open Future: An Agenda for Global Citizenship
JOHNHAFFNER, TOMASCASAS IKLETT ANDJEANPIERRELEHMANN
Anthem Press An imprint of Wimbledon Publishing Company www.anthempress.com
This edition first published in UK and USA 2009 by ANTHEM PRESS 7576 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HA, UK or PO Box 9779, London SW19 7ZG, UK and 244 Madison Ave. #116, New York, NY 10016, USA
Copyright © John Haffner, Tomas Casas i Klett and JeanPierre Lehmann 2009
The moral right of the authors has been asserted.
All rights reserved. Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise), without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the above publisher of this book.
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Library of Congress CataloginginPublication Data Haffner, John. Japan’s open future: an agenda for global citizenship/by John Haffner, Tomas Casas Klett, and JeanPierre Lehmann. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN13: 9781843313113 (hardcover : alk. paper) ISBN10: 1843313111 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Japan—Economic conditions— 1989 2. Japan—Commerce. 3. National characteristics, Japanese. 4. Globalization— Japan. I. Klett, Tomas Casas. II. Lehmann, JeanPierre, 1945 III. Title. HC462.95.H34 2009 330.951—dc22
ISBN13: 978 1 84331 311 3 (Hbk) ISBN10: 1 84331 311 1 (Hbk)
ISBN13: 978 1 84331 326 7 (Ebk) ISBN10: 1 84331 326 X (Ebk)
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To our Japanese friends, and our friends in Japan.
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Acknowledgements ix Some Notes on Style xv Introduction 1
Contents
Facing History: Getting Past the Nationstate 17 Global Communication: A Matter of Heart 55 Escaping Mercantilism: From FreeRider to Driver Embracing Business Risk: Entrepreneurs andKaishaReborn 113 Open Politics: Unleashing Civil Society 145 Geopolitics: A Global Citizen 183
Conclusion 237 Notes 245 Bibliography 275 Index 301
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Acknowledgements
his book was written in Tokyo, Lausanne, Barcelona, La Vezauzière, St HilaireleVouhis (Vendée, France), Hong NeTw Haven, with the kind assistance and support of many people, Kong, Shanghai, Chiang Mai, Toronto, Montreal, Beijing and and the authors would like to express our gratitude. In 2002 and 2003 JeanPierre Lehmann wrote a series of columns in theJapan Times, “Japan in the Global Era,” which set in motion a series of conversations among the authors that ultimately led to this book. We should start therefore by thanking MATAEBARA Yutaka, theJapan Timeseditorinchief, who made that series possible. Also during this time, the Tokyo office of McKinsey & Company provided a stimulating environment for John Haffner to confront and reflect on important features of modern Japanese business and cultural life: he would especially like to thank Todd Guild, UDA Sakon and Joe Watson (among many others) for interesting discussions and for enabling his development within the firm. Once research for the book began, a number of people very generously agreed to meetings or interviews—in person, over the telephone, or via email—while still others provided very helpful inputs to the argument. Some people would prefer to remain anonymous; in honoring their confidence, we nevertheless remember them and appreciate their contribution. On the theme of Japanese history, Peter Matthews of the National Museum of Ethnology in Japan had much to say. Jeremy Epstein, a former colleague in summer studies at the University of Regensburg, had helpful and wellinformed comparative comments on Japanese and German historical attitudes, and Rudyard Griffiths of the