Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

Multilayer Analysis of Sino-Japanese Territorial Dispute: 2012/2013 Crises

Saturday, July 7
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Juniper, New Building

Geography is at the heart of Sino-Japanese relations via the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute. Despite the studies done on this topic, there is still insufficient multi-level analysis. Our panel will attempt to address this by incorporating the different dimensions of the 2012 crisis: people-to-people relations, international norms, and state-to-state relations. Through analysis of multiple layers, we aim to better comprehend the different dynamics involved in this conflict, which are neglected when we focus simply on state-level analysis. Such outcome will not only provide a better understanding of the different layers that shape this dispute but also provide potential solutions to mitigate it.

The first paper will look at the role of humiliation in Japan’s framing of the dispute, which made it likely, despite the prospect of a diplomatic fallout. The following presentation will look at the impact of anti-Japan protests during the 2012 crisis in constructing Japan’s identity and the "othering" of China. The second paper will focus on the implication of China’s adaptation of an aviation norm for strategic gains. The final essay will delve into non-state actors’ usage of the crises to shape Japan’s national debate on the Constitutional amendment of Article 9.

By bringing together different levels of analysis using emotions, international and domestic norms, and constructivist perspectives, this panel hopes to shed new light both on how the Senkaku/Diaoyu crisis emerged and on its current implications. If security and other interests are properly contextualized valuable insights on how to mitigate it becomes apparent. 

Paulo Ricardo Miranda Ribeiro

Kobe University, Japan

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Paulo Ricardo Miranda Ribeiro

Kobe University, Japan

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Diogo Santos

Kobe University, Japan

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Federico Tombari

Kobe University, Japan

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Juan Luis Lopez-Aranguren

University Francisco de Vitoria, Spain

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Paulo Ricardo Miranda Ribeiro

Kobe University, Japan

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