Book launch

Tuesday 9 October 2007
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Client State: Japan in the American Embrace

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

By Gavan McCormack

Published by Verso

Client State addresses the contradictions in Japan’s global status. The author argues that the world’s second-largest economy, with a GDP greater than those of Britain and France combined, and almost double that of China, casts a pale diplomatic shadow. This intriguing study offers a critical assessment of the ways in which Japan’s relationship with the United States has impacted upon both its domestic agenda and position on the global stage.

Gavan McCormack’s important new book on Japan as an American ‘client state’ sheds a penetrating light on the seismic changes to have affected the country in the early years of the twenty-first century…

– Glenn D Hook, Director, National Institute of Japanese Studies

Client State will be available on the day at a special offer price of £15.00 (normally £17.99).

About the contributors

Professor Gavan McCormack

Gavan McCormack is Emeritus Professor in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. He studied at SOAS, University of London before lecturing at Leeds University between 1971 and 1977. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Humanities of Australia in 1992. His recent books include The Emptiness of Japanese Affluence (ME Sharpe), the jointly edited volume Japanese Multiculturalism: From Palaeolithic to Post-Modern (Cambridge University Press), Japan’s Contested Constitution – Rethinking the National Role (with Glenn Hook, Routledge) and Target North Korea: Pushing North Korea to the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe (Nation Books). He is a coordinator of the web journal, Japan Focus (, and a media commentator on North-East Asia.

Professor J A A Stockwin

J A A Stockwin (discussant) is Emeritus Fellow of St. Antony’s College and the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford. His recent publications include: Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Japan (2003) and Collected Writings of J A A Stockwin (2004). Professor Stockwin is General Editor of the Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies series. In 2004, he received The Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Government in recognition of his efforts to promote Japanese Studies in the UK.

William Horsley

William Horsley (chair) is Chairman of the Association of European Journalists in the UK. He took a degree in Japanese Studies at Oxford University in 1971 and was BBC Bureau Chief in Tokyo from 1983 to 1990. Mr Horsley was a senior BBC foreign correspondent who had spent over 10 years as a TV and Radio reporter covering Japan, China and other parts of Asia and then BBC World Affairs Correspondent based in London. He left BBC News in February 2007. He was also Chairman of the Foreign Press in Japan, 1986-90 – the organisation which represents the foreign press corps in Japan. He is the co-author with Roger Buckley of Nippon: New Superpower (BBC Books, 1990).

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