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Title: 'Taking the "Taken-for-Grantedness" seriously: problematizing Japan's perception of Japan-South Korea relations
Authors: Tamaki, Taku
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: © Oxford University Press and the Japan Association of International Relations
Citation: TAMAKI, T., 2004. 'Taking the "Taken-for-Grantedness" seriously: problematizing Japan's perception of Japan-South Korea relations. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 4 (1), pp. 147 - 169.
Abstract: The existence of acrimonious relations between Japan and its immediate neighbour, South Korea, is a familiar theme in the literature on the international relations of the Asia-Pacific. Public discourse in Japan treats this acrimony as the starting point for the formulation of diplomatic policy towards Seoul. While not suggesting that such an outlook is wrong, characterizing the bilateral relations as ‘tough’ has become ‘taken-for-granted’. By focusing on the representation of Japanese collective identity within the public discourse, and treating it as a foreign policy speech act, this article argues that taking the ‘taken-for-grantedness’ seriously allows us to unpack the intersubjective structure of Japan–South Korea relations, enabling us to appreciate fully the recurring invective across the Tsushima Straits.
Description: Closed access
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1093/irap/4.1.147
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17288
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/irap/4.1.147
ISSN: 1470-482X
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