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Globalization stoppers: Are they an enemy or a friend?


Leader Keiji Nakatsuji (Ritsumeikan University)
Researcher Keiji Nakatsuji, Akira Furukawa (Ritsumeikan University), Sachio Nakato (Ritsumeikan University), Miwa Hirono (Ritsumeikan University), and others.
Term April 2016 – March 2017
Research Outline

 The elevation of Donald Trump to the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee has gathered many surprises. His peculiar statements such as “building a wall along the border with Mexico” indicate not only his individual foreign hatred but also represent a wide-spread popular sentiment in the US. It could be interpreted as an anti-globalization movement.
 Similar movements are everywhere, even if not as outspoken as Trump. There are, for example, opposition to TPP both in the US and Japan, nationalist movements against foreigners, prohibition of the use of Google in China, and labor and environment associations against the WTO. Why is there such an outburst of anti-globalization sentiment happening? Is it because new liberalism collapsed the middle class and radicalized people? Are globalization haters beneficial for the global community and individual society or are they harmful? Are they winning their battle against globalization?
What problems accompany globalization? Should we stop globalization? If it is inevitable, what is a desirable pace? Should we compromise with globalization haters?
 This research project tries to answer the above questions by discussing various aspects related to money, direct investment, trade, information, culture (including nationalism and religion), immigration, etc. Focusing on the Asia-Pacific region, the project will search for solutions (ideal states of governance) to such issues as they pertain to globalization.

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