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This series focuses on the broad field of Japanese Studies, aimed at the worldwide English language scholarly market, published in Tokyo in English. Each Handbook will contain an average of 20 newly written contributions on various aspects of the topic, which together comprise an up-to-date survey of use to scholars and students. The focus is on Humanities and Social Sciences.

Handbook of Japan-Russia Relations (Edited by Kazuhiko Togo and Dmitry Streltsov)

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The history of official relations between Russia and Japan encompasses a period of a little more than one hundred and fifty years, but stretches back unofficially for at least double that amount of time. For both Russia and Japan, these relations have never been a key element of foreign policy, indispensable or intrinsically important for their diplomatic strategy. It is also noteworthy that for most of this time Russia and Japan were enemies, rivals, competitors. The significance of bilateral relations to a large extent was determined by geographical proximity, characterized as “distant neighbors.” At the same time, at certain historical stages, this neighborhood was not so “distant.” The countries managed to establish relations in the economic sphere, while tourism, cultural, scientific and educational ties were actively developing. This book analyzes these three centuries of Japan-Russia relations so as not to miss out any essential factors of the relationship.

October, 2023, 442p. Hardback

ISBN: 9784909286345

¥28,875 (tax included)


Kazuhiko Togo and Dmitry Streltsov

Kazuhiko Togo (PhD 2009, Leiden University) is Visiting Professor, Global Center for Asian and Regional Research, University of Shizuoka. He joined the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1968. Half of his career was directly related to Russia: three times service at the Embassy of Japan in Moscow; Director of the Soviet Union Division; Director General of Treaties Bureau; and Director General of European Affairs. He retired as Ambassador to the Netherlands in 2002. Following his retirement from the foreign service, he first taught in universities outside of Japan, including Leiden University and Princeton University. He served as Professor and Director of the Institute for World Affairs, Kyoto Sangyo University from 2010 to 2020. His research interests include international politics, Japanese foreign-security policy in East Asia, and identity and civilizational dialogue. His publication includes The Inside Story of the Negotiations on the Northern Territory (Shinchosha, 2007, in Japanese); Japan's Foreign Policy 1945-2009 (Brill, 2010, in English); Japan and Russia: Comparative Analysis of Historical Identity (co-edited with Alexander Panov, University of Tokyo Press, 2016, in Japanese and International Relations in Russian). For other books and articles refer to

Dmitry Streltsov is the Head of the Department of Oriental Studies, MGIMO University, and the Leading Research Fellow, the Institute of China and Contemporary Asia, Russian Academy of Sciences.  Since 2008, he heads the Russian Association of Japanologists and is Editor-in-Chief of the “Yearbook Japan” and the e-journal “Japanese Studies in Russia.” His main research field is the domestic politics and diplomacy of contemporary Japan. The author of more than 300 academic works, including eight individual monographs published in Russian including Japan as Green Superpower (MGIMO-University Pb, 2012), Foreign Policy Priorities of Japan in the Asia Pacific (Vostochnaya literatura, 2015) and The System of 1955 (Vostochnaya literatura, 2019) etc. He contributed two chapters and was the coeditor of A History of Russo-Japanese Relations. Over Two Centuries of Cooperation and Competition (Brill, 2019).



James D.J. Brown, Temple University, Japan Campus; Alexander Bukh, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Kenji Horiuchi, University of Shizuoka; Olga A. Ignatjeva, St. Petersburg State University; Anna A. Kireeva, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University); Yu Koizumi, University of Tokyo; Natasha Kuhrt, King's College London; Marina G. Mazitova, Economic Research Institute, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences at Khabarovsk; Pavel A. Minakir, Economic Research Institute, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences at Khabarovsk; Vassili Molodiakov, Takushoku University; Vladimir V. Nelidov, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Ryo Omatsu, Center for Sustainable Development Studies, Toyo University; Alexander N. Panov, Institute of the USA and CANADA & Moscow State Institute of International Relations; Elena Shadrina, Waseda University; Nobuo Shimotomai, Professor of Emeritus, Hosei University; Leonid V. Smorgunov, St. Petersburg State University; Shinichiro Tabata, Professor Emeritus, Hokkaido University; Hiroshi Yamazoe, National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Ministry of Defense, Japan; Takayuki Yokota-Murakami, Osaka University.

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