This article analyzes Malaysia-Japan relations under the Mahathir administration, focusing on two case studies, the ““Look East”” policy and Japanese direct investment in Malaysia. As the case studies suggest, Mahathir's policies were first and foremost dictated by his nationalism and anti-Western stance, which tended at times to alienate the Japanese government.
Malaysia-Japan Relations under the Mahathir Administration: Case Studies of the ““Look East”” Policy and Japanese Investment in Malaysia
Fumitaka Furuoka is Lecturer in the School of Business and Economics, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. His main research interests include Japan-Asia relations and Japan's foreign aid policy. Among his recent publications is a book entitled New Challenges for Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA) Policy: Human Rights, Democracy, and Aid Sanctions (Universiti Malaysia Sabah Press, 2006).
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Fumitaka Furuoka; Malaysia-Japan Relations under the Mahathir Administration: Case Studies of the ““Look East”” Policy and Japanese Investment in Malaysia. Asian Survey 1 June 2007; 47 (3): 505–519. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2007.47.3.505
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