Japan and the G8 Evian Summit: Bilateralism, East Asianism and Multilateralization

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Dobson, H.J.
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This article has four aims: (1) to supplement an extant literature on Japan’s role in the G7/8\ud summit process by cataloguing events during the 2003 Group of Eight (G8) Summit1\ud held in\ud Evian, France, from the Japanese government’s point of view; (2) to highlight the main actors\ud involved in this process, their objectives, and the degree of success in their ability to achieve\ud these objectives at Evian; (3) to demonstrate how the Japanese government has instrumentalized\ud a multilateral forum, namely the G8, in order to pursue the resolution of what is essentially a\ud bilateral issue – the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents (racchi jiken) – a\ud strategy that it adopted in the 1990s unsuccessfully to seek resolution of the Northern Territories’\ud dispute, but is becoming increasingly evident in other areas of its foreign policy; and (4) to\ud review Japan’s traditional role in the summit as representative of Asia and discuss whether this\ud will come under threat with the limited, but nevertheless precedent-setting, participation of China\ud in the Evian Summit.
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    53 See Saadia M. Pekkanen, “Sword and Shield: The WTO Dispute Settlement System and Japan,” in Ulrike Schaede and William Grimes, eds., Japan's Managed Globalization: Adapting to the Twenty-first Century (New York: M. E. Sharpe, 2003), pp. 77-100.

    54 “Conclusions of the meeting of the G8 Foreign Ministers, Cologne”, June 10, 1999, at <www.library.utoronto.ca/g7/foreign/fm9906010.htm>.

    55 Asahi Shinbun, June 4, 2003.

    56 Yomiuri Shinbun, June 4, 2003; Mainichi Shinbun, June 4, 2003.

    57 “Press Conference, June 3, 2003”.

    58 On China's possible participation in the G7/8, see John J. Kirton, “The G7/8 and China: Toward a Closer Association,” in Kirton, Daniels and Freytag, Guiding Global Order, pp. 189- 222.

    59 The Japan Times, May 31, 2003.

    60 Asahi Shinbun, May 10, 2003.

    61 Asahi Shinbun, May 28, 2003.

    62 Mainichi Shinbun, April 30, 2003.

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