The UK and Japan


This report from the UK think tank Chatham House, which marks the end of the five-year UK-Japan Global Seminar series, explores how the UK and Japan can best work together in the face of many critical global and regional issues, while also reflecting on the specific internal, political, economic and social challenges faced by the two countries. It brings together authors from both the UK and Japan to take stock of the current bilateral relationship, and to offer their views on how best to enhance and expand mutual cooperation in the immediate future.

Chapters focus on: The recent history of bilateral ties between the UK and Japan, comparing and contrasting their differing approaches to foreign policy in the post-1945 period, as well as their respective long-standing relationships with their primary ally, the US; The practicalities of implementing security policy in Japan and the UK by analysing the role of the National Security Council (NSC) decision-making process in the respective countries; The internal political dynamics of the UK and Japan, in particular the impact of the rise of populist politics; The economic dimension of potential bilateral cooperation between the UK and Japan, including the longer-term opportunity of an economic partnership agreement between the two countries; The distinctive relationship that the UK and Japan have had with their respective continental neighbours, China and Russia, and their contrasting attitudes towards regionalism in Europe and Asia; The rules-based international order and the roles of the UK and Japan in supporting this concept; The concept of ‘soft power’ and opportunities for closer bilateral cooperation between the UK and Japan.

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