CPD Director Reviews “Japan’s Cultural Diplomacy” by Kazuo Ogoura

CPD Director Philip Seib recently reviewed Japan's Cultural Diplomacy by Kazuo Ogoura.

In the book, Ogoura is careful to distinguish between public diplomacy and cultural diplomacy. In discussing the latter, he examines how Japan has used cultural diplomacy from the period after World War II till the present, and shows that tools of Japanese cultural diplomacy, particularly exchanges, serve to internationalize Japan’s outlook in addition to promoting its image abroad.

By illustrating how cultural diplomacy becomes an essential part of foreign policy, notes Seib, Ogoura's book "does an excellent job of showing how principles of public and cultural diplomacy are refined according to an individual country’s needs." The full review is posted here.

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