Tuesday, August 2, 2016

APSA 2016


APSA approaches, and I want to let you know about some Japan Political Studies Group events that might interest you.  Our business meeting will be on Saturday, September 3 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Marriott, Room 303.   This meeting’s theme will be “New Voices in Japanese Politics Research,” and we will have short presentation from three PhD students working on Japan: Jordan Hamzawi (UC Davis), Diana Stanescu (Princeton), and Joshua A. Williams (University of Washington).  All of them are researching interesting topics, and I will make another post before the conference with titles of their presentations.

Following the business meeting, we will head to the nearby Good Dog Bar for drinks and/or dinner (this will probably start around 8 on Saturday night). 

The JPSG gets to sponsor (only) one panel at APSA.  This year, that panel is called “Japan’s Security Challenges in a Changing World,” and it will be on Friday, September 2 from 10:00 until 11:30 in the Marriott room 412.  

I hope to see you there,

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Association for Asian Studies, 2016

Mary Alice Haddad from Wesleyan Collage will be running our meeting at the Association for Asian Studies Meeting in Seattle.  Below is Dr. Haddad's description of the meeting.  We hope that you can make it!

Dear Japan Political Studies Group Colleagues,
Our esteemed leaders, Mike Strausz and Gill Steel, are not going to be able to make it to the AAS meeting in Seattle this year, so they’ve asked me if I would be willing to run the JPSG business meeting.  Of course, I am delighted to do so.

The JPSG meeting is scheduled for Saturday April 2nd from 7:30-9:30pm in the Seneca room of the Sheraton.  I hope you can join us.

I am using the meeting to launch an effort that I working on to create an opportunity for scholars working on state-society relations in East Asia to connect with one another.  I am especially targeting members of the Public Intellectuals Program (US-China), the US-Japan Network of the Future, and the US-Korea Policymaker Nexus.
During the JPSG meeting, we will be having a roundtable, “State Society Relations in Japan and Korea.”  Panelists include Mary Alice Haddad (Wesleyan University), Celeste Arrington (George Washington), Liv Coleman (University of Tampa), Kim Reimann (Georgia State), and Andrew Yeo (Catholic Univ.).
That meeting will also include a brainstorming session to begin the planning for a followup conference on state-society relations in East Asia that I would host at Wesleyan next year.
I also encourage you to come to our formal panel, “State-Society Networks in Northeast Asia” Sunday April 3 from 10:45-12:45 in Convention Center #201.  That panel includes Chair, Ezra Vogel (Harvard), Discussant, Elizabeth Perry (Harvard), and Panelists Celeste Arrington (George Washington), Mary Alice Haddad (Wesleyan), Kay Shimizu (Pittsburgh), and Jessica Teets (Middlebury).  It will (hopefully) offer an additional opportunity to connect with scholars working on Korea and China.
If you are not attending the AAS or cannot make either of these events but are interested in finding out more about a conference on state-society relations in East Asia, please email me, and I’ll be in touch about next steps as they enfold.

I hope to see you in Seattle!
Best regards,

Mary Alice Haddad
Chair, College of East Asian Studies
Professor of Government
Wesleyan University

Thursday, August 20, 2015

APSA 2015

Are you attending the upcoming American Political Science Association meeting in San Francisco? If so, please join the Japan Political Science Association for our meeting on Thursday, September 3 from 6:30-7:30 in the Hilton, Union Square 23.  At this meeting, special guest Roger Haydon, Acquisitions Editor at Cornell University Press, will be making some remarks and taking questions about the process of book publishing.  This should be useful and compelling for scholars at all stages of their careers, and we hope that you can join us.

Following the meeting, we will move to the the Urban Tavern, the bar at the Hilton Union Square hotel, for drinks and snacks, and we hope that you can join us there as well.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

AAS 2015

The Japan Political Studies group has two events at AAS 2015.  

First, we will have our business meeting on Saturday, March 28 from 1-2:30 in the Erie Room.  In addition to 自己紹介 and a brief discussion of JPSG business, we will have an informal roundtable discussion of the 2014 Lower House election, led by Robert Pekkanen, Anand Rao, and Takafumi Ohtomo.

Second, we will have a happy hour event on Friday, Friday March 27 at 6:00 at the Billy Goat Tavern on 430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611. 

"Kind of bright lighting, but cheap drinks, super friendly staff, lots of character, good food if you get the drunk munchies, quiet. The character is what makes this. You feel like you're really experiencing Chicago." -Karen Forester

We hope to see you there!

Welcome to the JPSG!

Welcome to the blog of the Japan Political Studies Group.  This group is aimed at scholars with an interest in Japanese politics.  We meet twice annually -- at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the Association for Asian Studies (AAS).  In addition to our business meetings, we also have social gatherings at both conferences and we are currently permitted to sponsor one panel at APSA.

We encourage you to subscribe (either through our RSS feed or through the email link to the right), and we hope to see you at a future conference!

Michael Strausz and Gill Steel