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Relations between Japan and Latin America- Caribbean: Working Together for a New International Order(2022_2_40_017)


Since the 19th Century, Japan has maintained diplomatic and economic relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), with which Japan has mutually beneficial ties. Until the 1990s, Japan established itself as a key economic partner of many LAC countries. However, since the 2000s, Japan’s leadership has been contested when Japan experienced greater competition from other Asian countries, especially China. We aim to analyze how Japan can rebuild its external policy and strategy in order to engage with other powers. This study will examine our hypothesis that Japan’s external policy toward LAC countries was transformed into a soft-balancing strategy as a result of new international circumstances. Japan has sought a stronger alliance with LAC countries through diplomacy, alliances, international institutions, and economic mechanisms. This study aims to publish a comprehensive analysis on relations between Japan and LAC countries. The study will be conducted by Kanako Yamaoka of IDE and Prof. Gabriel Garcia of Australia’s University of Woolongong. We plan to write a historical overview of the relationships; Japan’s diplomatic and strategic policies toward LAC countries; economic partnerships; and possible engagement of LAC countries in the Indo-Pacific region and the regional cooperation framework.


April 2022 - March 2024

Leader of the Research Project

Yamaoka, Kanako


Book published by External Publisher (English)