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Asia Is One: Visions Of Asian Community In Twenty-First Century Japan

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Roughly a century after Okakura Tenshin made his historic journey to India and published his classic The Ideals of the East, visions of Asian community and Asian renaissance have evolved in directions that Okakura could never have imagine. The complex crosscurrents in Japan's contemporary Asianism reflect the economic and political, as well as cultural, complexities of the twenty-first century world. This chapter discusses four commentators approach on Japan's role in Asia from varied perspectives shaped in part by their differing backgrounds and experiences. All four commentators emphasize the need for Japan to undertake the task which might be termed 'escaping from America' (datsu-Bei); all agree on the need for Japan to engage more closely with Asia and depict that close engagement in terms both of formal international relations and of informal human relationships. But within this shared vision of Japan's Asian future there are also profound differences of perspective.

Keywords: America; Asian community; Japan; Okakura Tenshin



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