GAIKO FORUM 2003 Spring
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Redefining the National Interest for a New Era: A New Paradigm for Diplomacy/Kojima Akira
In our era when globally shaped public opinion plays a powerful role in diplo-matic negotiations, a nation's image and the quality and appeal of culture that support a nation's efforts to persuade other countries in its favor are very important. Kojima discusses how Japan's assets in the realm of soft power can be used to best advantage in an era when its economic clout and market competitiveness may be declining.
Murakami Haruki's Wonderland in Russia/Dmitry Kovalenin
Literature translated from other languages rarely become best-sellers in Russia. The translator instrumental in changing that situation writes of the appeal of Murakami Haruki's fiction to his countrymen.
The Sought-after in Japanese Architecture/Kuma Kengo
The influence of traditional Japanese architecture contributed to the flower-ingof the twentieth-century international movement in Modernist architecture. Now Japanese architects need to turn back to that tradition's special concern with the environment and with the real needs of human beings if they hope to continue to contribute to the profession worldwide.
The Broken Dialogue Revisited/Kent E. Calder
Reminding readers that "the broken dialogue" about which Edwin O. Reis-chauer wrote in Foreign Affairs in 1960 has yet to be completely restored, the author offers six recommendations for resolving the misunderstandings and distrust that cling to the U.S.--Japan alliance today.
Letter to My Japanese Friends:Reflections on the United States/Kato Ryozo
From his vantage point in Washington, the Japanese ambassador records his observations of American leaders. Rebutting criticisms of his countrymen that the United States seems to be acting rashly and precipitously, he believes its leaders have never been more serious and cautious in dealing with a critical phase of history.
Pakistan: The Challenges of a Frontline State/Numata Sadaaki
Pakistan came onto center stage in the world media soon after the 9/11 terror-ist attacks, forcing concerned observers to more fully appreciate the difficult dilemmas it faces in security and other areas. How should Japan forge an enduring relationship with Pakistan?