Japan and South Africa in a globalising world : a distant mirror


Japan and South Africa in a globalising world : a distant mirror

edited by Chris Alden, Katsumi Hirano

(The international political economy of new regionalisms series)

Ashgate, c2003

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Includes bibliographical references and index



From its position as one of Africa's major investors, and a top provider of development assistance, Tokyo's quiet diplomacy is having a growing impact on African affairs. This book illuminates the challenges facing the prospective partnership, and deconstructs the international political economy of this relationship. Furthermore, through a series of comparative studies, it explores the relevance of the content of the East Asian experience of South Africa and the continent as a whole. Features include: - an innovative study of the international political economy of an increasingly important relationship between Asia and Africa - an original analysis of the comparative dimensions of East Asia and Southern Africa's respective experiences in development - contextualizes the South African and Japanese experiences within the contemporary globalization debate The book is suitable for students and courses in international relations, development studies and comparative politics, as well as African and Asian studies.


  • Contents: Introduction, Chris Alden and Katsumi Hirano. Japan and South Africa: North and South: the changing contours of Japanese-South African relations, Chris Alden
  • Japan's trade with South Africa in the inter-war period: a study of Japanese consular reports, Katsuhiko Kitagawa
  • Japanese-South African relations during the apartheid era, Masako Osada
  • Japanese investments in South Africa, 1992-1996: the state, private enterprise and strategic minerals, Kweku Ampiah
  • Japan-South Africa economic relations: new prospects or neo-mercantilist perpetuation? Willem van der Spuy and Monika Glinzler
  • Japan and Southern Africa: the resource diplomacy rationale, Deborah Sharp
  • Japan, South Africa and the region: possibilities and prospects, Matthew Simmonds. Comparative Dimensions in Development: The impact of Japanese investment on South Africa as viewed through an Asian lens, Peter Draper
  • Mass unemployment in South Africa: a comparative study with East Asia, Katsumi Hirano
  • South African agriculture and the East Asian experience, Makoto Sato and Chizuko Sato
  • Civil society, development and political change: a comparative review of theory in Japan and South Africa, Mitsugi Endo
  • The political economy of population change in Japan: implications for South Africa, Yoichi Mine
  • South Africa's economic relations with Asia: changes and implications, Hiroyuki Sudo
  • Index.

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