Particularly, the book describes the country’s foreign policy under the guidance of the Democratic Party of Japan (Thornton, 2002:66). There are expressed concerns regarding the military built up by China supported by the Democratic Party of Japan and a security alliance, which finds it hard to pursue an East Asian community without a US role. Faced by the Chinese hegemony, this paper will seek to discuss ways in which Japan can use to counter Chinese influence and maintain the diplomatic relations with the PRC in policy.
Ideally, it is understandable that the Asian countries are growing stronger and more equipped day after another (Nye, 2004:63). This economic, social, military, and political growth is giving the western countries and some of other Asian nations a hard time comprehending what exactly are spearheading this development (Cooney, 2002:13). Japan, for instance, has continued to enjoy sustainable political governance under the control of the Japan Democratic Party, a factor that is leading to improved economic growth. As of today, China is the most influential country within the Asian belt. In terms of military equipment and personnel, China ranks highest as it has an all-encompassing system of security system powered by internal government support (Hagstrom, 2005:87). Agreeably, it has a huge influence over the other Asian countries and it is even stretching her influence towards the western countries (Christop, 2006:54).
Economic wise, China leads the region with her products available in all corners of the globe. Compared to Japan, China is indeed the giant of Asia and as a result, its rise and intensification in power may threaten the Asian continent growth including that of Japan and Korea (Cooney, 2002:26). Studies indicate that, for Japan to counter the influence portrayed by China over the Asian countries, it must be smart and come up with systems, platforms, and strategic plans capable of