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Backdoor Japan: The Search for a Way out via Regionalism and Decentralization

Gilbert Rozman
The Journal of Japanese Studies
Vol. 25, No. 1 (Winter, 1999), pp. 3-31
DOI: 10.2307/133352
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/133352
Page Count: 29
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Abstract

Sapporo, Niigata, and Kanazawa devised strategies in the 1990s to lead Japan's entry into the emerging Northeast Asian region and to spur decentralization, but their plans proved to be unrealistic. Idealistic notions of decentralization have faded. The coalition behind the Committee for the Promotion of Decentralization established as part of Prime Minister Hashimoto Ryutaro's "big bang" has split. Rising aspirations for regionalism around the Sea of Japan rim also have been frustrated, especially as relations with the Russian Far East proved difficult. Japan must coordinate a new model of regionalism and decentralization to emerge as a leader.

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