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To conclude, soft power is much more than just a nation’s cultural attractiveness. It includes a country’s political values, ideals, norms, and methods for carrying out skilful diplomacy. In order to strengthen this diplomatic soft power, it is necessary for each of the East Asian states to settle historical and territorial disputes, envision the creation of an East Asian community, and develop complementary strategies to contribute significantly to their region and the world. Notes 1. Joseph S.
39 Although the West forced Japan to open its borders, the above illustration suggests that Japan’s modernization process largely progressed from the Japanese elites’ imaginings of, and fascination with, the West that embodied the Enlightenment ideals. In this process, scholars of Dutch studies (rangaku) played a far-from-trivial role in triggering interest in, and spreading of, European knowledge. Fukuzawa, the guru of Japanese Meiji reformers, famously started and developed his professional career as a scholar of Dutch studies.
It is important for each government to facilitate various actors’ activities, in particular NGOs, private businesses, and civil society, which can contribute to accelerating and disseminating soft power in different sectors. To conclude, soft power is much more than just a nation’s cultural attractiveness. It includes a country’s political values, ideals, norms, and methods for carrying out skilful diplomacy. In order to strengthen this diplomatic soft power, it is necessary for each of the East Asian states to settle historical and territorial disputes, envision the creation of an East Asian community, and develop complementary strategies to contribute significantly to their region and the world.