•   U.S.-Japan Research Institute,
      Washington D.C. (Headquarters)

      1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
      Suite 801
      Washington, DC 20006
      Phone: 202-452-6142
      E-mail: usjp@us-jpri.org

  •   U.S.-Japan Research Institute,
      Japan Office

      c/o Strategic Management
      Planning Office,
      Office of the President,
      Waseda University,
      Totsuka-machi 1-104, Shinjuku-ku,
      Tokyo 169-8050
      Phone: +81-3-5286-8740
      Fax: +81-3-5286-8385
      E-mail: usjp@us-jpri.org

Research Activities
Research Activities

Research Projects

Climate Change for the US and Japan
The objectives of the research are (1) to deepen understanding of food security issues as they relate to energy security and related alternative energy and environmental policies and (2) to produce viable insight and useful policy implications in local, national and international perspectives for both Japan and the United States. [Read More]

Term: July, 2010 - March, 2014

Leader: Masahiko Gemma, Waseda University
Researcher: Hiroshi Ohta, Waseda University
                        Zbigniew Bochniarz, University of Washington
                        Harry de Gorter, Cornell University
                        Yacov Tsur, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Banking Crises and Underlying Global Imbalance: Political Economy Perspectives
In this research project, economists and political scientists will jointly examine the financial crises of the U.S. and Japan with emphasis on political economy perspectives. There may be many causal links between politics and financial crises.
Research topics include 1) Were government interventions such as public money injection effective and efficient in terms of its consequent costs and benefits? 2) What types of regulation, regime, and institutions did cause financial crises? 3) Did financial crises bring about changes in the domestic political regime? 4) How did underlying global imbalance play a role in making financial crises happen?
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Term: July, 2009 - March, 2012 (Completed)

Leader: Keiji Nakatsuji, Ritsumeikan University
                  Akira Furukawa, Ritsumeikan University
Researcher: Nobuhiko Hibara, Waseda University
                        Sachio Nakato, Ritsumeikan University
                        Hironori Sasada, Ritsumeikan University
                        Toshiko Shimono, The University of Kitakyushu
                        Susumu Yamagami, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
                        Hidetaka Yoshimatsu, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

The Structural Transformation of Contemporary American Politics and Its Policy Implications
-Between Ideological Polarization and Bipartisanship
Although this research project is primarily an attempt to understand the most essential driving force of contemporary U.S. politics, we will also look at the current U.S. policy toward Japan in the same framework of partisanship and bipartisanship. [Read More]

Term: April, 2010 - April, 2013 (Completed)

Leader: Fumiaki Kubo, The University of Tokyo
Researcher (Main Members): Sadafumi Kawato, The University of Tokyo
                                                       Reiji Matsumoto, Waseda University
                                                       Aiji Tanaka, Waseda University
                                                       Yasushi Watanabe, Keio University
                                                       Hiroshi Okayama, Keio University
                                                       Kazuyuki Sugawara, Kushiro Public University of Economics
                                                       Masaru Nishikawa, Tsuda College
Researcher (Support Members): Tomoyuki Miyata, The University of Tokyo
                                                            Rentaro Iida, Doctoral Student, Georgetown University
                                                            Ayako Hiramatsu, Doctoral Student, Johns Hopkins University
                                                            Takeshi Umekawa, The University of Tokyo
                                                            Hana Ishikawa, Doctoral Student, The University of Tokyo
                                                            Ayako Sugino, Doctoral Student, The University of Tokyo
                                                            Kota Matsui, Doctoral Student, The University of Tokyo

Policy Recommendations for Comprehensive Japan-US Security Cooperation in a New World Order
This study concerns itself with policy recommendations to contribute to the creation of tangible mechanisms under the assumption that the construction of a Japan-US relationship that makes the realization of international collaboration feasible in a wider embrace of fields is necessary in order to achieve peace and security in a new world order. The development of a global military partnership built solely upon the Japan-US alliance is not a satisfactory solution. [Read More]

Term: September, 2010 - March, 2013

Leader: Shotaro Yachi, Waseda University
Researcher: Hiroyuki Akita, Nikkei Inc.
                        Yoko Iwama, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
                        Chikako Ueki, Waseda University
                        Masakatsu Ota, Kyodo News
                        Shinichi Ogawa, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
                        Yoichi Kato, The Asahi Shimbun Company
                        Hideaki Kaneda, Okazaki Institute
                        Nobukatsu Kanehara, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
                        Masahiro Kohara, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
                        Takahiko Tanaka, Waseda University
                        Tomohiko Taniguchi, Keio University
                        Tadashi Nishihara, Research Institute for Peace and Security
                        Yoso Furumoto, The Mainichi Newspapers
                        Narushige Michishita, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
                        Shinya Murase, Sophia University
                        Tatsuhiko Yoshizaki, Sojitz Research Institute, Ltd.
                        Joseph S. Nye Jr., Harvard University
                        Richard Lawless, Richard Lawless Associates
                        Michael Green, Center for Strategic and International Studies
                        Michael Auslin, Japan Studies
                        James E. Auer, Center for U.S.-Japan Studies and Cooperation

Social, cultural and political resources are known to impact the growth of human and economic development opportunities in countries and regions which in turn impact development of business opportunities not only within such countries but across the globe. Examples of such resources include social capital of trust, human and knowledge networks, rule of law, equal opportunities for the access to the common pool of knowledge resources through education, democratic institutions such as independent Judiciary, free press and platforms for collective action including civil societies fighting for human rights, protection of environmental and natural resources, and improved governance. [Read More]

Term: November, 2011 - March, 2013 (Completed))

Leader: Gautam Ray, Kyoto University
Researcher: Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Kyoto University
                        Naoki Wakabayashi, Kyoto University

East Asian community and U.S.-Japan Relations
The aim of the research proposal is to examine the role of the U.S.-Japan alliance in the comprehensive security of East Asia by reviewing the related fields of traditional and non-traditional security studies, including human security, economic security, and energy security, and the future prospects for U.S.-Japan relations. [Read More]

Term: July, 2012 – March, 2015

Leader: Toru Oga, Kyushu University
Researcher: Yoneyuki Sugita, Osaka University
                        Yoneyuki Sugita, Osaka University
                        Eiichi Sakai, Kansai University of Foreign Studies
                        Yuki Ooi, Nanzan University

Dentofacial translational research based on molecular craniofacial developmental research
In this study, we elucidate mechanism of the outbreak of various kinds of inborn abnormality to show the phenotype in face, oral cavity including a cleft lip and/or cleft palate (CLP) and aim at developing the oral cavity function foundation therapy that we applied a bone reproduction therapy. [Read More]

Term: April, 2012 - March, 2019

Leader: Ichiro Takahashi, Kyushu Univeristy
Researcher: Kazuaki Nonaka, Kyushu University
                        Yoshihide Mori, Kyushu University
                        Haruyoshi Yamaza, Kyushu University
                        Fumie Terao, Kyushu University

A Comparative Study of Civil Societies in Japan and the United States
n this academic year (2013-14), the JIGS group plans to further analyze similarities and differences based on its own research output. More specifically, by comparing the findings included in the publications of our studies on Japan and the United States, we analyze the political behavior of civil society organizations such as lobbying among others. [Read More]

Term: April, 2012 - March, 2016

Leader: Yutaka Tsujinaka, University of Tsukuba
Researcher: Robert Pekkanen, University of Washington

Religious and Social Factors in US–Japan Relations
The project intends to pursue both policy-oriented and history-focused analyses on the following three research topics: 1) social and ethnic influences on US foreign policy, especially toward the Middle East, and their implications for US–Japan relations; 2) activities of religious actors and movements, which now underscore the political significance of ethnic and gender activities as well, impacting domestic politics both in the US and Japan; and 3) the degree of mutual perceptions on those social and religious features in the respective politics. [Read More]

Term: July 2012, - March, 2014

Leader: Koji Murata, Doshisha Univeristy
Researcher: Katushiro Kohara, Doshisha University
                        Takashi Terada, Doshisha University
                        Kunihiko Miyake, The Canon Institute for Global Studies

Can Japan Come Back?
The group will discuss the three following perspectives concerning the 2-decade long stagnation of the Japanese economy after the burst of bubble in 1991.
1. Japanese Economy/Comparative Political Economy Perspective
2. 2. Japanese Politics/Society Perspective
3. 3. International Political Economy Perspective [Read More]

Term: April, 2012 - March, 2015

Leader: Keiji Nakatsuji, Ritsumeikan Univeristy
Researcher: Susan Pharr, Harvard University
                        Akira Furukawa, Ritsumeikan University
                        Sachio Nakato, Ritsumeikan University
                        Hironori Sasada, Ritsumeikan University

Cold water algae for biofuels – a new source of alternative energy
In order for Japan and the USA to be together at the forefront of biofuels science and production it is essential to work more closely and quickly determine the best species and conditions for large scale growth. [Read More]

Term: June, 2013 - December, 2014

Leader: Peter Wilson, University of Tsukuba
Researcher: Tony Haymet, University of California San Diego

The Implications of Globalized and Open Higher Education for Japan and U.S. Universities
This research project investigates how the universities in Japan, the U.S., and other countries should deal with these challenges from what perspectives, in relation with “free trade” in globalized higher education and how to share and accumulate educational resources and knowledge of practice, by means of reviewing and examining some of the ongoing practical and empirical efforts. [Read More]

Term: June, 2013 - March, 2014

Leader: Toru Iiyoshi, Kyoto Univeristy
Researcher: Randall Bass, Georgetown University

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