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Like Grandfather, Like Grandson: Kinship as a legitimating force in Japan’s International Relations

Book title: Kinship in International Relations

Published: 23 Aug 2018
Summary:

This chapter discusses the entrenched trend of hereditary politicians in Japanese politics and how kinship is used as a legitimating force in Japan’s international relations. It illuminates how one Japanese leader has invoked his kinship to both legitimate and promote Japan’s history and foreign policy in diplomatic exchanges. While dynasties in Japanese politics are clearly a domestic issue, the activation of those kinship properties on diplomatic trips across the world transforms them into an inter-state subject.