Publications and Services

Alongside ongoing research intended to produce reports and studies of contemporary subjects, the IAFOR Japan Research Institute (IJRI) also offers a monthly cuttings service of relevant materials from the press, magazines, and journals relating to Japan. This is available online by subscription.  The Institute also undertakes commissioned projects on behalf of companies or organizations that are in need of specialized information. Research reports are tailored to the requests of the client and will combine academic insight with possible practical responses.

 


 

Keynote Series

 

New Directions in Japan under the Abe Government: Constitution, Defence and Nationalism
J.A.A. Stockwin
The European Conference on Politics, Economics and Law 2014
Keynote Address

New Directions in Japan under the Abe Government: Constitution, Defence and Nationalism

J.A.A. Stockwin
Emeritus Fellow and Founding Director of the Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies
The University of Oxford

J.A.A. Stockwin presented this keynote address at The European Conference on Politics, Economics and Law (ECPEL) 2014, in association with the IAFOR Japan Research Institute, in Brighton, United Kingdom on July 4, 2014.

Excerpt
David Cameron, as leader of the opposition, once famously told Tony Blair at Prime Minister’s Questions: “You were the future, once”. In 1979 the Harvard scholar Ezra Vogel published a book entitled Japan as Number One, arguing that the political economy of Japan, and indeed Japan as a country, was the wave of the future, and that the United States should sit up, take notice and reform its own systems to match this up-and-coming superpower, if it wanted to stay ahead.

Yes, Japan was the future, once. The Japanese economy in the 1980s seemed unstoppable, Japanese companies were buying choice pieces of real estate and famous companies in the US and elsewhere, economic growth rates were the envy of the world and the value of all land and buildings in Tokyo’s central business and government district was said to be the equivalent of all the land and buildings in Canada. All this came crashing down at the beginning of the 1990s with the collapse of a monstrous asset bubble, the banking system struggled under a mountain of toxic debt, and the ‘lost decade’ (so described by the Tokyo University economist Professor Yoshikawa Hiroshi), began. Only the lost decade moved into a second lost decade, serious deflation set in, and the process may not have stopped even now, although the business world has become more bullish.

 


 

Articles

 

The Territorial Disputes between Japan and China
An Opportunity for Change

Dilton Ribeiro, Queen’s University, Canada

Japanese Collective Self-Defence
Craig Mark, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Having a Whale of a Time:
Should a small Japanese industry hold the country’s favourable international reputation at ransom?

Michael Liam Kedzlie, IAFOR Research and Policy Manager

Becoming Engaged: Japan’s New Defence Posture
Michael Liam Kedzlie, IAFOR Research and Policy Manager

Japan’s “Abenomics” Media Coverage:
A Comparison between Print and Social Media

Barry Natusch, Nihon University, Japan
Beryl Hawkins, Temple University Japan

Contemporary Japanese Defence Strategy: Towards Conflict or Resolution?
Craig Mark, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Narrowing US-China Power Gap and China Threat Theory: Transition and Stability in East Asian Regional Order
David Sarkisyan, Yerevan State University, Armenia

A Step Change For Human Rights
Sylvia Croydon, Kyoto University, Japan

 

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