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"In Japan, The Toothless Tiger, Declan Hayes explores the threats Japan faces in the coming decades, particularly if the United States downscales its military presence in the region. Since Japan's defeat and occupation at the end of World War II, the Land of the Rising Sun has developed only limited military capability. Constrained by a new constitution dictated after the war by the occupying forces, Japan has not been able to rebuild its former military might. Japan has become a toothless tiger - seemingly fierce, but actually powerless."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

This title explores Japan-China relations, investigating the threat China poses to its neighbour and the US role in maintaining peace. The question of Japan's need to re-develop a military balance is discussed, along with other topics concerning Asian politics, arms and economy.