Heritage conservation and Japan's cultural diplomacy

Akagawa, Natsuko Heritage conservation and Japan's cultural diplomacy. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2015. doi:10.4324/9781315886664

Author Akagawa, Natsuko
Title Heritage conservation and Japan's cultural diplomacy
Place of Publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Publication year 2015
Sub-type Research book (original research)
DOI 10.4324/9781315886664
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Series Routledge Contemporary Japan Series
ISBN 9780415707626
Language eng
Total number of pages 228
Year available 2014
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Japan’s heritage conservation policy and practice, as deployed through its foreign aid programs, has become one of the main means through which post-World War II Japan has sought to mark its presence in the international arena, both globally and regionally. Heritage conservation has been intimately linked to Japan’s sense of national identity, in addition to its self-portrayal as a responsible global and regional citizen.

This book explores the concepts of heritage, nationalism and Japanese national identity in the context of Japanese and international history since the second half of the nineteenth century. In doing so, it shows how Japan has built on its distinctive approach to conservation to develop a heritage-based strategy, which has been used as part of its cultural diplomacy designed to increase its ‘soft power’ both globally and within the Asian region. More broadly, Natsuko Akagawa underlines the theoretical nexus between the politics of heritage conservation, cultural diplomacy and national interest, and in turn highlights how issues of heritage conservation practice and policy are crucial to a comprehensive understanding of geo-politics.

Heritage Conservation and Japan’s Cultural Diplomacy will be of great interest to students, scholars and professionals working in the fields of heritage and museum studies, heritage conservation, international relations and Asian/Japanese studies.
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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