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Vladimir Korolev, S. Kudryavtseva

Soft Power of Modern Japan: Practice and Developments

2014. Vol. 9. No. 2. P. 190–208 [issue contents]
The article explores Japanese application of soft power through culture and language promotion, cooperation ineducation, and official development assistance. The analysis was conducted by assessing official documents.The authors focused on the Japan Foundation, a key instrument of Japanese soft power that carries outexchange programs in culture and art, Japanese-language programs, support for research on Japan and intellectualexchanges. It also supports Japanese Centres, which promote Japan’s contribution to development assistance, providetraining for businesses in the host country and promote the “Cool Japan” project to encourage the internationalexpansion of Japanese small and medium-sized businesses in the creative industries.Japan has effectively used soft power instruments that reflect its national characteristics while also drawing oninternational experience. The ultimate goal is the promotion of national business interests.The analysis shows that despite the historical and civilizational differences between Japan and continentalEurope, Asia and America, Japan regards traditional soft power mechanisms as an important means of gaining aleading position in world politics, economy and culture. Moreover, soft power tools enriched by national traditionshelp find unconventional solutions. To achieve its national goals, Japan promotes its values, creates a positive imageof a humanitarian country and uses persuasion rather than propaganda — or “coercion for cooperation.”
Citation: Korolev V., Kudryavtseva S. (2014) Soft Power of Modern Japan: Practice and Developments. International Organisations Research Journal, vol. 9, no 2, pp. 190-208 (in Russian).
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