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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.), Junya Tsutsui (Ritsumeikan U.) More researchers will join.
Term April 2015 – March 2016
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. It will examine the growth possibility of each industry such as recyclable energies, infrastructure construction, agriculture, medicine, tourism and etc.
2. Japanese Politics/Society Perspective
The 20 year stagnation has a lot to do with political disorder of recent years. The group will discuss the reasons for lack of leadership and desirable relations among politicians, bureaucrats, and business as well as appropriate policy mix. The group will examine increasing importance of participation by women, elderly, and foreign workers. The role of people, especially civil society, will be explored to realize the comeback of Japan. International Political Economy Perspective
3. 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.

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Leader Keiji Nakatsuji (Ritsumeikan Univ.)
Researcher Susan Pharr (Harvard U.), Akira Furukawa (Ritsumeikan U.), Sachio Nakato (Ritsumeikan U.), Junya Tsutsui (Ritsumeikan U.) More researchers will join.
Term April 2015 – March 2016
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Policy Paper

Leader Keiji Nakatsuji (Ritsumeikan Univ.)
Researcher Susan Pharr (Harvard U.), Akira Furukawa (Ritsumeikan U.), Sachio Nakato (Ritsumeikan U.), Junya Tsutsui (Ritsumeikan U.) More researchers will join.
Term April 2015 – March 2016

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