By Yukik Nishikawa

ISBN-10: 0203029321

ISBN-13: 9780203029329

ISBN-10: 0415369029

ISBN-13: 9780415369022

Wide information insurance of humanitarian crises, specifically on tv, has ended in a powerful public information of the significance of humanitarian actions. This innovative book examines the evolution of Japan’s reaction to humanitarian crises, putting it within the context of world debates on humanitarianism. Tracing advancements from the Meiji interval via to the current day, the ebook explores the wider cultural and ancient framework during which eastern humanitarian rules and attitudes to human rights have constructed. Taking a multi-disciplinary method the booklet analyzes Japan’s humanitarian principles, values and social practices, exploring the altering perceptions and attitudes to in another country suggestions. in response to basic study together with interview fabric it offers a deeper knowing of the upsurge in jap involvement in humanitarian crises, quite throughout the Nineteen Eighties and 1990s. It contains a number of case reviews with an in depth attention of Japan’s suggestions in East Timor. Nishikawa analyzes the case from old, geographical and political views, illustrating the strategic and political concerns that experience motivated the form of Japan’s humanitarian actions.

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A new humanitarianism? The contemporary humanitarianism During the Cold War, humanitarian action was closely related to the strategic aims of the two power blocs, which prevented its impartiality from materializing. The decisions to grant assistance were to quite an extent explained by the logic of the bipolar world. After the Cold War, the opportunities for humanitarian action have significantly changed. 45 The UN, paralysed by power politics during the Cold War, was accorded a major role in this new development.

Hence, an exploration of the historical and cultural development of humanitarian ideas in Japan is required in this study. It needs to consider the Japanese social structure in order to fully understand Japanese moral ideals, ethics and the social practices in their cultural contexts. By looking at Japanese thought, culture, social systems and traditions, this chapter will explore ethics in Japanese society. It aims to integrate an account of action with an analysis of social structure. The social structure was briefly explained in Chapter 1.

Global governance? As has been discussed, globalization fosters the question as to what extent it influences our ideas or determines our culture. This is among the central issues discussed around global governance, which deals with mechanisms in upholding global ideas and values. The World Commission on Global Governance, in its 1995 report, Our Global Neighbourhood, defines governance as ‘the sum of the many ways individuals and institutions manage their common affairs’ and contrasted this strongly with government, where the latter implied a central authority with the power to enforce its decisions (World Commission on Global Governance, 1995: 2).

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