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An Invitation to Japan's Borderlands: At the Geopolitical Edge of the Eurasian Continent

Akihiro Iwashita


Japan is a country surrounded by sea, including the Sea of Okhotsk to the north, the Sea of Japan to the west, the East China Sea to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the east. This situation lends Japan the geopolitical role of a sea power. Although Japan now acts assertively on sea security policy and shares borders with neighbors, such as Russia, Korea and China, this has not always been the case. Most Japanese, including policy makers, have paid little attention to Japan’s borderlands and sea security since the end of World War II.

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