1998 Diplomatic Bluebook

Japan's Diplomacy toward the 21st Century-New Developments and New Challenges Facing the International Community



On Publishing the 1998 Diplomatic Bluebook

Chapter I. General Overview-The International Community and Japan's Foreign Policy in 1997

A. Overview

  1. The international community in 1997
  2. Toward the construction of a new order
  3. Utilizing new opportunities and responding to challenges
  4. Multiplying global issues
  5. Japan's foreign policy in 1997

B. Efforts toward a peaceful and prosperous Asia-Pacific

  1. Japan-United States relations
  2. Japan-China relations
  3. Japan-Russia relations
  4. The Korean Peninsula
  5. The economic situation in Asia
  6. Regional cooperation in the Asia-Pacific

C. Global efforts and the role of Japan

  1. United Nations
  2. Global environmental issues

D. Seizure of the Japanese Ambassador's Residence in Peru

  1. Seizure of the Japanese Ambassador's Residence in Peru
  2. Response of the Japanese Government
  3. Lessons and challenges

Chapter II. Sectoral Analysis of the International Situation and Japan's Foreign Policy

A. Ensuring peace and stability

  1. Ensuring the security of Japan
  2. Arms control and non-proliferation, and anti-personnel land mines
  3. Efforts toward regional peace and stability

B. Securing global economic prosperity and development issues for developing countries

  1. Ensuring a prosperous world economy-Japan's policy efforts
  2. Development issues and Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA)

C. Efforts toward the realization of a better global society

  1. Terrorism
  2. Transnational organized crime and narcotics
  3. Protection of human rights and promotion of democratization
  4. Ensuring nuclear safety and international cooperation in the area of science and technology
  5. Population and AIDS

Chapter III. Regional Developments

A. Asia and the Pacific

  1. The People's Republic of China and its vicinity
  2. The Korean Peninsula
  3. Southeast Asia
  4. Southwest Asia
  5. Oceania

B. North America

C. Latin America and the Caribbean

D. Europe

  1. Major progress in creating a new European order
  2. New developments in European security
  3. Progress toward European integration-deepening and enlargement of the European Union
  4. Economic situation in Europe
  5. Japan-Europe relations

E. Russia and the New Independent States

  1. Russia
  2. The New Independent States

F. The Middle East

  1. Recent Middle East developments and the visit by Prime Minister Hashimoto to Saudi Arabia
  2. Iraq and Iran
  3. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries

G. Africa

  1. Evolution in 1997
  2. Relations with Japan

Chapter IV. International Exchanges and Public Relations Activities

A. Promoting international exchanges

  1. The importance of international exchanges
  2. A wider spectrum of international exchanges
  3. Further promoting national and regional exchanges
  4. Further developments in international exchanges

B. National public opinion and public relations; foreign understanding of Japan

  1. National public opinion and public relations
  2. An understanding of Japan

Chapter V. Structures Supporting Japan's Diplomatic Functions

A. Structures to implement diplomatic functions

  1. The need to enhance Ministry structures
  2. Efforts in regard to organization, personnel and budgetary allocation

B. Consular functions and measures for the protection of Japanese abroad

  1. Protection of Japanese abroad
  2. Strengthening consular functions
  3. Measures to prevent passport forgery
  4. Responding to generational change in Japanese communities
  5. Foreigners in Japan

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