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SEJJIR: Volume 5, 2009





Shingetsu Electronic Journal of Japanese-Islamic Relations,
Volume 5, 2009
Research Papers

Imperial Legacy: The Case for Understanding Japan and Turkey Through Their Imperial Pasts
By Joshua W. Walker

Abstract: Empires may be dead, but imperial legacies are alive and well. This paper examines the utility of conducting research that reaches back beyond the nation-state to the imperial experience that laid the foundation for contemporary post-imperial national identities. By juxtaposing the imperial experiences of two modern non-Western empires, the paper seeks to contextualize the present tensions that linger in successor states that arose from the ashes of these entities and demonstrate the saliency of imperial legacies on these nations’ current international relations. By exploring a comparative study of the Republic of Turkey and Japan, two important non-Western post-imperial nations that were very much shaped by their imperial experiences and eventually by their defeats in world wars, similarities and differences are highlighted with particular attention provided to the role of imperial legacies.

Joshua W. Walker is a PhD candidate in Politics and Public Policy at Princeton University. He is writing a dissertation focusing on historical memories in post-imperial successor states.

Natural Gas Security of Supply in Japan: Will Qatar's LNG Be the Solution?
By Rami Abdulkarim

Abstract: Japan is the world’s largest LNG importer. However, Indonesia is making it clear that it is now giving preference to its domestic market. This situation means that finding new long-term deals is vital for the energy future of Japan. The security of LNG supply has become a serious problem for Japan, in particular for the impact it has on both the power and the industrial sectors of the country. Qatar has the third-largest largest proven gas reserves in the world. In addition, Qatar is attempting to utilize this resource by making huge investments in all the stages of the value chain. This paper examines the natural gas market in Japan and considers the risks of resource competition from the Asian region as well as other parts of the world. What are Japan’s options for securing its LNG supply? That is the main issue addressed in this paper.

Rami Abdulkarim is based at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Scotland.

Japan's Energy Relations with Russia and Kazakhstan
By Elena Shadrina

Abstract: At present, Russia and Kazakhstan are not major energy suppliers for Japan. Nevertheless, furthering cooperation with these two nations is connected to Japan’s long-term national interests. These relationships may help Japan meet national energy policy goals such as diversification away from high dependency on the Persian Gulf and diversification away from petroleum toward a larger share for LNG and nuclear energy. The energy exporters, for their part, are also motivated to explore opportunities in the Japanese market. Not being direct competitors in the same market niche, Russia and Kazakhstan will eventually be able to expand their energy exports in East Asia. While doing so, Russia can simultaneously exploit a chance to revive its economically dormant eastern regions. Kazakhstan, on the other hand, is content to tap into Japan’s technological experience as Astana pursues ambitious plans to become the world’s largest uranium producer and exporter.

Elena Shadrina focuses her research on various issues of energy cooperation in Northeast Asia. She is currently based as a postdoctoral researcher at Niigata University Graduate School of Modern Society and Culture, Niigata, Japan.


Source: Shingetsu Institute