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Cultural Foundations of Japan's Foreign Policy Under Abe's Administration

Student: Elizaveta Golovastova

Supervisor: Dmitry Novikov

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: Double degree programme in International Relations of the NRU HSE and the University of London (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 8

Year of Graduation: 2020

This research is going to be dedicated to the study of the cultural foundations of Japan’s foreign policy towards Russian Federation during the period of Shinzo Abe administration. The aspect of Cultural Diplomacy evolution is going to be taken as a historical cultural foundation of the foreign political and economic course development in Japan. Not only official public Cultural Diplomacy is going to be covered, but also crucially important implementation of it in the sphere of private business — one of the main musculoskeletal system of Japanese economic development. The analysis of implementation of Cultural Diplomatic strategies by public and non-governmental sectors is going to be divided according to the outgoing initiative. The importance of concentration on the instruments of Cultural Diplomacy as an element of Soft Power policies as a useful tool of efficient projection of economic and political interest on the global arena is going to be widely discussed. Furthermore, the research is considered to cover the one of the most relevant spheres of study in contemporary international relations, highly related to the questions of peaceful methods of interest achieving, and assumed to become a scientifically useful informational resource of a particular case study of Japanese historical experience analysis, which is the development of contemporary Japanese approach to successful harmonisation of economic national interest in historical conditions of impossibility to conduct sharp economic or aggressive political policies. The study is going to be based on the analysis of qualitative and quantitative methods, with the concentration on observation of existing literature and accurate analysis of mass media and social networks. It is expected to reveal and, thus, cover a number of scientific gaps and limitations of study in the field. In addition, the peculiarity of research is considered to be an additional concentration on the real practical experience of the author of the research, who is involved into the field of study through the author’s professional career.

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