As we all know, the 2020 APSA meeting will be online. However, this will not stop the JPSG! There are two events that we want to tell you about:
First, our business meeting:
We will virtually meet at 9:00am Mountain Time on Tuesday, September 8 (this is 10am Central, 11am Eastern, 8am Pacific, and Midnight in Tokyo). Our meeting will have two elements: we will all get to do brief self-introductions, and then we will discuss and vote on the bylaws that APSA has required us to write (if you would like to see a copy in advance, contact Michael Strausz or Kenneth McElwain).
Along with these bylaws, APSA is also going to require its members to explicitly claim membership in related groups (like your beloved JPSG). This will likely require a small fee. Groups with too small a membership will eventually lose their status as related groups. So, along with the bylaws we will also discuss ways to keep our membership up.
Second, our panel:
Our panel, “Evolving Legal Norms Regarding Hate Speech in Japan” is scheduled for Thursday, September 10 from 8am-9:30am Mountain Time (9am-10:30am Central, 10:00am-11:30am Eastern, 7am-8:30am Pacific, and 11pm-12:30am Japan Time).
Presenters on that panel include:
Masaru Kohno, Hae Kim, and Kentaro Hirose; Go Murakami and Yoshitaka Nishizawa; Taehee Kim and Yuki Ogawa; and Airo Hino, Robert Andrew Fahey, and Stefano Camatarri. Stuart Soroka is the chair, and Gill Steel and Erik Bleich are discussants. It should be great!
In addition to these announcements, we collect resources for teaching about Japanese politics, which you can find here: (we recently fixed the links). If you have a syllabus, an updated syllabus, or other resources to share, please share them with Michael Strausz or Kenneth McElwain.
We look forward to seeing you!