Japan's Foreign Policy for the Twenty First Century 1996
This text examines Japan's foreign policy at the regional and global level from a power perspective. It argues that Japan is no longer an economic superpower while satisfying itself with the posture of a political pygmy. Instead Japan is increasingly translating its economic power into influence over the perceptions, intentions, options and material circumstances of other people. This power posture has been referred to as "civilian power" but is no less effective for national interest than military power was in the past. The book states that the present economic difficulties and the political upheaval have not significantly dented Japan's power.