Dr. Robert Compton, Professor of Africana and Latino Studies and Political Science, has published a review essay titled, “ Is there a link? Japan’s internal cohesion and external conflict with neighbors,” in Regions & Cohesion, vol. 6, Issue 3, Winter 2016: 109-18. The review essay examines Japan’s paradox: internal harmony and isolation and external conflict created by the country’s political culture. The essay examines this issue within the context of three books: Hira, K. & Warschauer, M. (2014). Japan: The paradox of Harmony, Yale University Press; Soysal, Y.N. (ed.) (2015). Transnational trajectories in East Asia: Nation, citizenship, and region, Routledge; and Park, B,G,, Hill, R.C., and Saito, A. (Eds.) (2012). Locating neoliberalism in East Asia: Neoliberalizing spaces in developmental states, Wiley-Blackwell.