Japan's Foreign Aid Policy: Problems and Impediments
Schuen, Matthew N.
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Questions regarding Japanese foreign aid policy have recently prompted criticism and outright Japan-bashing. While most people agree that this negativity will be detrimental to the U.S.-Japan relationship, others continue trying to force Japan to change its policy. These two countries, with strikingly similar economies, but radically different cultures are continually finding themselves frustrated by one another's systems. Japan's policy has been formed the way it has, due in part to the country's system of foreign policy formulation, structure, and impediments. In addition, the United States has played a large role in applying pressure to Japan, both positive and negative. Finally, as I have argued, constitutional and international impediments have had a distinct impact on Japanese foreign aid policy formulation. During the late 1980's and the 1990's we have heard about the amazing achievements of Japan's economy. However, we have not heard the same inspiring words regarding their political status. Japan, to become a true world leader and superpower, must make great changes in their foreign policy, if it is to become that superpower.