Current Research Projects
Research Themes Under Consideration for 2016/2017
1. JAPAN IS NO LONGER IN ECONOMIC ECLIPSE
The shadow of recession has ceased to block the brighter side of Japan’s overall economic performance over the last year or two. This research should be based on a positive statement that western macro-economic data has misled western commentators on Japan. Japan indeed had a banking realignment problem but the date for repayment was both set and adhered to by the banks. The banks did what was required in terms of merging and replacing former executives.
Other plus points of the economy:
- Diversified sectors
- Strength of currency
- R & D
- Value-added thinking
- Benchmark of quality in leading global products
2. EUROPEAN EXTREMITY, ASIAN OPPORTUNITY: BENEFITS AND RISKS
The problems of the Euro should make investment more attractive. The German economy is struggling to support the Euro. Europe should observe the growing struggle in third markets where Korea is sliding in behind Japan and China is off-loading cheap products as well as buying businesses. Chinese buying of European businesses could prove to be a two edged sword.
3. PACIFIC RIM GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
The region needs redefinition along with a comparative study of growth patterns in East Asia, Southeast Asia, U.S. and Canadian West coasts, Australia and New Zealand.
4. JAPAN AND THE “FOUR CHINAS”
Economic and cultural differences amongst PRC, Taiwan (ROC), Hong Kong, and Singapore. Recognition needed that even “Confucian cultural heritage” and “building relationships” have quite different implications for people trying to work in these areas. Balancing China investment in Taiwanese manufacturing, Hong Kong and Singapore finance and commercial and economic links with China all require careful monitoring.
5. JAPAN AND THE UNITED STATES RELATIONSHIP
It is a long time since Mike Mansfield declared in the 1980s that the Japan-United States link was the most important bilateral relationship in the world, bar none. Was that postwar psychology or a genuine blueprint for the future? In view of recent Japanese concerns and Chinese “soft diplomacy” the Japan/US relationship now has global rather than simply Pacific significance.
6. HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF DEMOCRATIC IDEALS IN ASIA
Are there Asian varieties of social democracy that differ from the west and how should western nations approach them? Legal and cultural issues that complicate negotiations require careful attention.
GENERAL GEOPOLITICAL ISSUES
- Collective security in the Asia/Pacific region
- Environmental sustainability
- Conflict resolution and Mediation Studies
- Management Practice and behavior in global business organizations