By Reinhard Drifte (auth.)

This ebook seems at Japan's overseas coverage on the local and international point from an influence point of view. It argues that Japan is not any longer an financial superpower whereas gratifying itself with the posture of a political pygmy. as a substitute Japan is more and more translating its financial energy into effect over the perceptions, intentions, strategies and fabric conditions of different humans. This new strength posture has been known as 'civilian strength' yet isn't any much less potent for nationwide curiosity than army strength used to be long ago. the current monetary problems and the political upheaval haven't considerably dented Japan's power.

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U C. The Minlstry of Foreign Atrairs The part of the central bureaucracy most involved in foreign policy is obviously the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Despite being the window of Japan to the outside world il receives less attention than MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry) or more recently the Ministry of Finance. The reason for this neglect has 10 do with the increasingly multifaceted tasks of the MFA in contrasIlo more delinealed tasks and objeclives of other functional ministries and agencies.

An exception was 10 some extent Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei (1912-74) who managed to build up a very strong power position, lasting on weil beyond his lenn as prime minister, thanks 10 Ihe pervasive use of funds to corrupt Diet members and leaders of the bureaucracy on a scaIe unknown until then. After his fall from power he showed also that leadership can be best exerted from behind by using money 10 shape political forces and establish a faclional balance in The Political and Economic Framework 29 favour of his own power.

First as a maUer of the Coordinating Committee for Export Control (COCOM) and then as a new dimension of JapaneseAmerican security cooperation. MITI created a Security Export Control Division in its International Trade Administration Bureau. 's roje in this matter as it pertained to security poliey. D. Business A emcial point for the understanding of the bureaueracy-business relationship is the size of the business entities which most enjoy the support of the bureaucracy. In order to wield more inftuence the bureaucraey has to concentrate on the big companies although because of their growing size they are also less amenable to bureaueratie eontrol.

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