Will Japan Be Out of Tune With A Concert of Democracies?


Weston S. Konishi

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 19


Washington, D.C.: East-West Center

Publication Date: June 27, 2008
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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The idea of a "concert" or "league" of democracies has gained greater prominence of late, with Japan frequently mentioned on the shortlist for membership. Yet Japan's recent experiment with "values diplomacy" raises questions about how it might contribute to such a grouping of like-minded states. This article reviews Japan's values diplomacy and challenges the assumption that Japan would be as active in a Concert of Democracies as its proponents envision.

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