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Author Akagawa, Natsuko, author.

Title Heritage conservation and Japan's cultural diplomacy : heritage, national identity and national interest / Natsuko Akagawa
Published Oxfordshire, England ; New York, New York : Routledge, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (249 pages) : illustrations, photographs
Series Routledge Contemporary Japan Series ; 53
Routledge contemporary Japan series. 53.
Contents 1. Unpacking heritage : deconstruction and construction of heritage -- 2. National identity, nationalism and Japanese identity -- 3. The Japanese heritage conservation approach and authenticity -- 4. Japan in the global heritage context -- 5. Intangible heritage -- 6. Vietnam case study : Vietnam's nationalist history and Japan's official development assistance to Vietnam -- 7. Vietnam case study : can Chanh Palace and Nha Nhac court music in hue -- 8. Conclusion : Japan a 'cultural nation'?
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 and scholars of Japanese studies, Japanese politics, heritage conservation and international relations."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Cultural diplomacy -- Japan
Cultural property -- Protection -- Japan.
Geopolitics -- Japan
Historic preservation -- Government policy -- Japan
National interest -- Japan
Nationalism -- Japan.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Infrastructure.
Cultural diplomacy.
Cultural policy.
Cultural property -- Protection.
Historic preservation -- Government policy.
International relations.
National interest.
Japan -- Cultural policy.
Japan -- Relations.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0415707625