Geopolynomics and Japan: Asia-Pacific Policy Prescriptions

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Characterized as everything from a great power to a reactive state, Japan faces many diplomatic challenges. Nevertheless, Japan has become increasingly active on the international stage, reflecting a subtle shift from “exclusive bilateralism to modest multilateralism” (Mulgan 2008). Yet, especially in the Asia-Pacific, contemporary multilateralism is itself challenged geopolitically, geoeconomically, and geoculturally. In this strategic context, and particularly in response to great power contestation, “minilaterals” have proliferated, with Japan keen to join. Although current regional minilaterals are critiqued as creating as many problems as they resolve, restricting the agenda-setting of second-tier powers like Japan, a geopolynomic perspective illustrates how alternative policy prescriptions for leadership include non-traditional security minilaterals and regional international commissions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5822
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
Issue number1
StatePublished - 11 Jan 2024

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2024, Asia-Pacific Journal, Inc.. All rights reserved.


  • Geopolynomics
  • Japan
  • Minilaterals
  • Multilateralism
  • Second-Tier Powers


Dive into the research topics of 'Geopolynomics and Japan: Asia-Pacific Policy Prescriptions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this