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Can Japan Come Back?

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Leader Keiji Nakatsuji (Ritsumeikan Univ.)
Researcher Susan Pharr (Harvard U.), Akira Furukawa (Ritsumeikan U.), Sachio Nakato (Ritsumeikan U.), Hironori Sasada (Hokkaido U.)
Term April 2013年 - March 2014
Research Outline

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 
 The group will seek root causes of the 20 year stagnation and present a politico-economic model to revitalize Japanese society. Post WWII politico-economic models (ex. 1940 system) will be reexamined and the reasons of their deadlocks will be clarified.
2. Japanese Politics/Society Perspective
 The 20 year stagnation has a lot to do with political disorder of recent years. The group will discuss lack of leadership as well as appropriate policy mix. The role of people, especially civil society, will be explored to realize the comeback of Japan.
3. International Political Economy Perspective
 One interpretation to explain Japan’s economic stagnation is disinflation caused by cheap Chinese imports, hollowing out the Japanese economy. On the other hand, relations with a growing Asia are considered important by some researchers for revitalizing the Japanese economy. The argument to emphasize the significance of regional integration through movements such as East Asia Summit can be understood as one of such lines of thinking. This group will discuss the issue from regional and global perspectives.

Report

Leader Keiji Nakatsuji (Ritsumeikan Univ.)
Researcher Susan Pharr (Harvard U.), Akira Furukawa (Ritsumeikan U.), Sachio Nakato (Ritsumeikan U.), Hironori Sasada (Hokkaido U.)
Term April 2013年 - March 2014
Achievements Outline

 On March 1, 2013, a workshop titled “Evaluating Japanese Growth and Rebirth Strategy?; Is Abe Inheriting DPJ's Policy?” was held as an event of USJI Week. At the workshop, Nakatsuji gave a report with Prof. Susan Pharr as the moderator and welcoming Mr. Yokoyama, counselor of the Embassy of Japan in the United States, as a panelist.
 On February 24, 2014, a workshop titled “Worsening Sin-Japanese Relations and the US” was held as an event of USJI Week. Prof. Sachio Nakato played as the moderator while Prof. David Arase (Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University program residential professor) and Quansheng Zhao (American University) gave presentation respectively. Thomas French (Ritsumeikan University) joined as a discussant.
 The group barely began its project, “ Can Japan Come Back?” and need to expand its membership. The two workshop related Japan’s current socio-economic situation with its foreign relations. It is important because without an integration of Japanese economy with Asia-Pacific regional economy, Japan’s robust come back cannot be realized.

Activity Contents

1.Research results of previous research project were published in June as a book with the title “Why Regionalism?”
2.A workshop entitled ”Evaluating Japanese Growth and Rebirth Strategy?; Is Abe Inheriting DPJ's Policy?” was held as an event of USJI Week on March 1st, 2013.
3.A workshop entitled ”Worsening Sino-Japanese Relations and the US” was held as an event of USJI Week on February 24th, 2014.

Relative URL(s)

http://www.us-jpri.org/en/week/feb2014#event2

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