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You want the commerce of the world. This must be looked for on the Pacific. The nation that draws most from the earth and fabricates most, and sells the most to foreign nations, must be and will be the great power of the earth. With the outbreak of the Spanish—American War, classical inter-imperialist conflict brought colonies in the Pacific and the Caribbean, and full-fledged entrance into the ranks of the great powers.
Perry Anderson Imperium S ince the Second World War, the external order of American power has been largely insulated from the internal political system. Email required. Password required. Create an account Forgot your password? Subscribe for instant access to all articles since Shouldn't I have access to this article via my library? Yet war and ethnic cleansing returned to Europe in the s, while Asia remained peaceful. Thought to be unstoppable in the s, Japan's economic juggernaut foundered on more than a decade of economic stagnation from , while China's economy continued to grow annually by about 8—10 percent, creating new security dynamics in East Asia as well as between East Asia and the United States.
The Asian financial crisis of illustrated how closely Asia's economic miracle had become linked to regional and global markets. It also showed how, with the exception of Indonesia, Asian leaders skillfully maneuvered out of that crisis in a very short time.
The attack of September 11 and the U. More importantly, it elevated the political importance of North Korea as a member of what President Bush called "the axis of evil," comprising countries that were suspected of trading in the illicit international market for nuclear technology and thus enhancing the risk that weapons of mass destruction could end up in the hands of groups intent on large-scale violence, or otherwise engaging in criminal or terrorist activities.
For better and for worse, since the s American policies have had an enormous impact on East Asia. The creation of a liberal international economic order after was an important precondition for the export-oriented economic miracles of East Asian states. And the permanent stationing of about , U.
The Korean and Vietnam wars killed millions of Koreans and Vietnamese and left divisive historical legacies, especially on the Korean peninsula. It would be a mistake, however, to equate the United States government solely with its economic, diplomatic or military policies. The United States is both an actor in and a part of an American system of rule in world politics that has evolved over the last half century. The concept of imperium refers to both actor and system, to the conjoining of power that has both territorial and non-territorial dimensions Katzenstein The American Imperium  The United States government deploys its power in a system of rule that merges the military, economic, political and cultural elements which constitute the foundations for the preeminence of the American imperium in world politics.
Territorial power was the coinage of the old land and maritime empires that collapsed at the end of the three great wars of the 20th century: World War I, World War II and the Cold War. The U. The non-territorial dimensions of American power are reflected in the American Empire, a constellation of flexible hierarchies, fluid identities, and multiple exchanges. It is defined by technologies which are shrinking time and space, the alluring power that inheres in the American pattern of mass consumption, and the attraction of the American dream in a land that, evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, is viewed by many millions around the world mainly as the promised land of freedom and unlimited possibilities.
US military bases worldwide, Wikimedia Territorial empire and non-territorial Empire are ideal types. They merge in the political experience and practices of the American imperium and the formal and informal political systems of rule as well as the combination of hierarchical and egalitarian political relations that it embodies.
This imperium is both constraining and enabling. The relative importance of its territorial and non-territorial dimensions waxes and wanes over time, shaped by the domestic struggles in American politics that reflect the rise and fall of political coalitions with competing political constituencies, interests and visions.
Japanese and Asian security affairs are encompassed by an imperium which embodies both the material, territorial and actor-centric dimensions of U. Regional core states such as Japan and Germany play crucial roles in linking world regions such as Asia and Europe to the American imperium. Specialists focusing on the politics of regional powers other than Japan and Germany—such as China, Korea, Britain or France—may rightly object to the singling out of Germany and Japan as special core states.
Yet, core states play different roles, as supporter states in the case of Japan and Germany, and as regional pivots in the case of, for example, China and France Chase, Hill and Kennedy The distinction between pivot and supporter is a historically specific rather than a structurally general argument. It identifies Japan and Germany as core states not because of their size and power but because of their specific historical experience and evolution in the Anglo-American imperium.
A historical comparison of Japan with Germany has advantages over the narrower conceptualization that Richard Samuels has offered in his recent book.
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Equally significant, Samuels rigorously sidesteps all opportunities to place Japan in a comparative perspective. The attentive reader thus is left with an analysis that makes Japan look unique rather than distinctive.
Yet this condition is hardly unique to Japan. Stubbs , , Zhu , , and Larsson have applied the same concept to explain a variety of political outcomes in Asia, and I have tried to do the same for the small European states Katzenstein Is there some distinctive quality to the experience of vulnerability that sets Japan apart from other states?
Furthermore, in contrast to Germany with its important role in NATO and the EU, Japan, the other main Axis power that suffered total defeat in its challenge of Anglo-American hegemony in the middle of the 20th century, has resisted firmly the internationalization of its state identity and security practices Buruma ; Nabers Is there a relation between the experience of vulnerability and the resistance of internationalization? And if there is, what is its nature?
Answers to such questions are important. One of the great virtues of the book, however, is the fact that repeatedly the author graciously concedes this central point Samuels 64, —08, See also Pyle ; Midford ; Mochizuki Because only Japan and Germany challenged in war the Anglo-American world order in the first half of the 20th century, and experienced traumatic defeat and occupation, no other world region has evolved similarly situated core states. After its historic victory over the political alternative that Fascism posed to Anglo-American hegemony in the middle of the 20th century, U.
In the case of Japan as much as Germany it is a mistake to argue that this client status remains intact. Eventually both states left their client status behind, becoming regional powers in their own right and supporters of the United States. Each is intent on exercising economic and political power indirectly, thereby simultaneously extending the reach and durability of the American imperium Katzenstein and Shiraishi , ; Katzenstein These two supporter states were of vital importance in keeping Asia and Europe porous rather than closed regions.
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Their attachment to the American imperium was steady, first in the name of anti-Communism, and subsequently in the name of globalization and counter-terrorism. Yet the difference in the geo-strategic context—as yet no politically viable East Asian Community, no large immigrant Muslim population in Japan, a geographically proximate perceived national security threat in the form of North Korea, and a deep suspicion of an increasingly powerful China—has left Japan a more dependable supporter state of the United States than Germany.
The bipartisan Armitage-Nye report of October illustrates how far American policy has come to recognize Japan's strategic importance for U. This is not to deny that as history changes, so may the character and standing of these two supporter states. Japan and Germany are increasingly removed in time, although not necessarily in terms of their memory, from their traumatic national defeats. For example, democratization in South Korean politics gave rise to an anti-Americanism that has been accentuated greatly by the abrasive political style of a hapless U.
Anti-Americanism among the young in particular has risen to heights that would have been inconceivable in the late s. In China, American-inflected globalization is embraced while anti-hegemonism, especially its behavioral manifestations, continues to be a powerful oppositional ideology that resists American primacy.
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While it is not as virulent or racist as anti-Japanese sentiments, this anti-Americanism is a powerful latent force that is readily activated around many issues and most certainly around the volatile issue of Taiwan Johnston and Stockmann Japan is a notable exception to these changes in East Asian popular attitudes.
In the mid- and late s Japanese anti-Americanism ran so deep, in the form of opposition to the US-Japan Security Treaty, that President Eisenhower cancelled his visit in , after the Japanese government informed the White House that a full mobilization of Japan's total police force could not guarantee the physical security of the Presidential motorcade from Haneda airport to the Imperial Hotel in downtown Tokyo.
Since the end of the Vietnam war anti-Americanism has virtually disappeared as Japan's party system has moved to center-right, and as a new national consciousness has taken hold of a younger generation psychologically no longer moved by the dominant concerns of the s and s and unnerved by North Korean nuclear-reinforced bluster and China's rise.
At a popular level the relationship between Japan and the United States is free from rancor. Despite sustained protests against American bases in Okinawa, public opinion polls typically show above 60 per cent of the Japanese public favoring the United States, about twice as large as corresponding numbers for various European countries Pew Global Attitudes Project ; Tanaka Furthermore, as the character of the American imperium changes, its two supporter states are unavoidably repositioned in the matrix of Asian and European politics.
There exists thus no reason why the role of these supporter states could not be filled by others. If Germany were to be submerged totally in a European polity which seems very unlikely and if Japan's GDP were surpassed, eventually, by China's which seems very likely, but not imminent , together with other historical changes affecting Asia, Europe, and the United States, this might eventually transform the role played by traditional supporters and other regional pivots. In the case of France and China, for example, the magnitude of such changes would have to be very substantial.
These two states are crucial pivots. But it is hard to imagine how they could replace Japan and Germany any time soon as Asia's and Europe's supporter states. To be sure, with the passing of time Asia has become more important as war and occupation receded and as Japan's reconstruction and economic clout made it Asia's preeminent economic power. But it was Asia viewed from Tokyo through an American looking-glass. There was more than a whiff of the historical role that Japan sought after the Meiji restoration—casting itself in the role of interlocutor between Asia and the West.
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Since Japan has experienced a phenomenal rise. Its economic fortunes were helped greatly by serving as the Asian armory in America's global struggle against Communism, first in Korea in the s and subsequently in Vietnam and Southeast Asia in the s. The collapse of the Bretton Woods system and the two oil shocks of the s set the stage for the economic rise of Japan in financial markets.
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The s were the decade of Japan's global ascendance as an economic superpower, ending in a speculative bubble that collapsed into economic torpor lasting more than a decade. In manufacturing Japan's technological prowess is no longer unchallenged in defining East Asia's economic frontiers. Japan has a mature economy that is trying to cope with an aging and thrifty population and with being one of the two main sources of credit for the United States.
This completed the transformation of Japan's strategic relationship with the United States from client to supporter state. Japan has been important in supporting, both directly and indirectly, U. It helped refurbish the institutional infrastructure of international financial institutions following the Asian financial crisis of , became for a while the world's largest aid donor, and played a central role, especially in the mids, of intervening in financial markets to realign the values of the world's major currencies.
Since the s Japan has accommodated the United States on issues central to the functioning of the international economy, with evident reluctance in opening Japanese markets for goods, services and capital and with an air of resignation in amassing close to a trillion dollars in reserves, substantial portions of which have helped to finance perennial U.
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