Besides the author's questionable contention that Japan has a grand strategy, his book is marredwith several flaws.He succumbs to the scholar's habit of not identifying sources quoted; as the fabled editor of the New Yorker, Harold Ross, would have written in the margin, "Who he?" Samuels says the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force has patrolled up to 6,000 miles fromJapan's coastline, which is patently untrue. Recent conversations with Japanese concernedwith foreign and security policy suggest this optionwould have little appeal so long as the Japanese have confidence in the US security commitment. * "A third choice . . . is to achieve prestige by increasing prosperity and reducing Japanese exposure in world politics."