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Newsletter No. 35. 2011  
August 29, 2011  
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Sergey Radchenko, Japanese Business, Soviet Development, and Territorial Conflict, 1975-1985



This article takes a close look at the claim that the Japanese Foreign Ministry's policy of "inseparability of politics and economics" (seikei fukabun) hampered Soviet-Japanese economic relations in the 1980s. Taking three case-studies (South Yakut coal, Sakhalin oil and gas, and the Siberian pipeline), the author shows that the loss of interest on the part of Japanese business circles in investing in the Soviet economy had little to do with the political priorities of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, and much to do with the changing energy needs and structure of the Japanese economy and its shift towards greater resource-efficiency. The article concludes, therefore, that the solution of the "territorial problem" would have hardly contributed to increasing Japanese investment in the Soviet Union; hence seikei fukabun was based on a false premise. The findings may be relevant to the ongoing territorial dispute between Japan and Russia and, in a broader sense, between Japan and its other neighbors, notably China.

Sergey Radchenko is Lecturer in Asian-American relations at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo (China). He is the author of Two Suns in the Heavens: the Sino-Soviet Struggle for Supremacy and the co-author (with Campbell Craig) of The Atomic Bomb and the Origins of the Cold War (Yale UP, 2008).

Recommended citation: Sergey Radchenko, "Japanese Business, Soviet Development, and Territorial Conflict, 1975-1985," The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 35 No 1, August 29, 2011.

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Miyamoto Yuki, Ninomiya Shuhei and Shin Ki-young, The Family, Koseki, and the Individual: Japanese and Korean Experiences

This article offers historical and comparative perspectives on Japan's household registration system (koseki) and the rights of individuals with Korea as a comparative case.

Miyamoto Yuki is a member of the editorial board of Shukan Kin'yobi; Ninomiya Shuhei is Chair, Department of Law, Ritsumeikan University, and author of Family Law 家族法第3版(新世社 2009年)(3rd edition); Shin Ki-young is an Associate Professor at Ochanomizu University. This series of articles was published in Shukan Kin'yobi, March 11, 2011.

Recommended Citation: Miyamoto Yuki, Ninomiya Shuhei, and Shin Ki-young, "The Family, Koseki, and the Individual: Japanese and Korean Experiences," The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 36 No 1, September 5, 2011.

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