Tuesday, August 21, 2018

APSA 2018

Kenneth Mori McElwain and Michael Strausz, the Japan Political Science Group directors, want to tell you about some of the goings on in Boston at the APSA meeting at the end of the month.

Our business meeting will be from 6:30 to 7:30 on the evening of Friday, August 31 in Columbus Rooms I and II of the Marriott. This meeting will including a roundtable discussion of contemporary issues in Japan’s political economy, led by Ikuo Kume (Waseda University), Kay Shimizu (University of Pittsburgh), and Kristin Vekasi (University of Maine).

Following that, we will have a happy hour at Cornwall’s (654 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215) at 8pm on the evening of Friday, August 31.  If you think there is a good chance that you can make it to the happy hour, please go here and RSVP by Friday, August 23 so that we can make a reservation.  All are welcome; please feel free to invite your friends!

On Saturday, the JPSG’s panel will be in the Brandeis room of the Marriott from 2:00-3:30.  The theme of the panel is “Voters, Candidates, and Elections in Japan,” and it features four papers by Robert Andrew Fahey (Waseda University), Masahiko Asano (Takushoku University), Kosuke Nakamura (Yokohama City University), Yuya Endo (Waseda University), Tomoko Matsumoto (Tokyo University of Science), Kenneth Mori McElwain (University of Tokyo), Junko Kato (University of Tokyo), and Matthew Carlson (University of Vermont).  Michael Strausz (Texas Christian University) will be chair and discussant.

As always, We want to remind you that we collect resources for teaching about Japanese politics, which you can find here. If you have a syllabus, an updated syllabus, or other resources to share, please send Michael Strausz an email.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

AAS 2018

Hello Japan Political Studies Group members,

I want to tell you about our plans for the upcoming AAS meeting in Washington, DC.

On Friday, March 23, we will have a no-host happy hour event at the Jug & Table (2446 18th St, Washington, DC 20009 b/t N Columbia Rd & N Adams Mill Rd) at 8:00pm.  I will be leaving from the lobby of the Marriott at 7:30; it is a 20 minute walk.

On Saturday, March 24, we will have our business meeting from 1:00-2:30 in the Jackson room of the Marriott, which will include a roundtable on the 2017 General Election. Dan Smith, Masahiko Asano, and Sherry Martin will all present.  All are welcome; bring your friends too.

Also, I would like to officially welcome Kenneth McElwain from Tokyo University as the new co-director of the Japan Political Studies Group!

Finally, we would like to keep our teaching resources up to date (you can find them here: http://japanpsg.blogspot.com/2017/07/resources-for-teaching-about-japanese.html) , so if you have an updated Japanese politics syllabus or other resources to share, please pass them along to Michael Strausz (michael DOT strausz AT tcu DOT edu).

Friday, July 21, 2017

APSA 2017

Hello Japan Political Studies Group members,

I want to tell you about our plans for APSA in San Francisco at the end of August.  On Friday, September 1 from 6:30pm until 7:30pm in the Westin's Sussex Room, we will have our business meeting.  That meeting will include a roundtable discussion of "Japan in International Law," featuring Saadia PekkanenChristina Davis, and Kimiko Kuga.  In addition, please continue to consider people that might enjoy being the co-leader of the JPSG with me going forward.

After our meeting, all interested folks are invited to head to a nearby restaurant for no-host dinner and drinks.  This event is always a lot of fun; it is a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new friends who are interested in Japanese politics.  If you are interested in this dinner/drinks event and think that it is likely you will attend (in other words, that there is a better than 75% chance that you will attend), please let me know by clicking here by Friday, August 18.

The JPSG gets to sponsor one panel at APSA each year.  This year, the panel is "Transforming Japanese Politics: Institutional Change and Changes in Government."  It will feature presentations by Hajime Kidera, Harukata Takenaka, Yosuke Sunahara, and Rieko Kage.  Masahiro Yamada is the chair, and the discussants are Phillip Y. Lipscy and T.J. Pempel.  That panel will be on Friday, September 1, from 4:00pm-5:30pm.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Resources for teaching about Japanese politics

As I began to write my syllabus for my Fall 2017 Politics of Japan class, I thought that it would be nice to have a place where our members could post and view recent syllabi that they have used to teach that class, as well as other useful resources.  If you have a Politics of Japan syllabus or other resource that you would like to add, please email it to me at michael (DOT) strausz (AT) tcu (DOT) edu.

Syllabi (alphabetized by the instructor's family name):

Other resources for teaching Politics of Japan:

The Point: A blog by Asia Policy Point, a Washington research center studying the U.S. policy relationship with Northeast Asia

East Asia Foundation (Seoul): a website with coverage of Japan/Korea relations and policy debates

Japan Spotlight: a journal with coverage of economy, culture and history issues

Japan Forum on International Relations: a website with good coverage of regional issues

Council on the East Asian Community (Tokyo): a website with good coverage of China/Japan relations and other regional issues

Friday, February 17, 2017

AAS 2017

AAS approaches, and I want to let you know about some Japan Political Studies Group events that might interest you.  

On the evening of Friday, March 17, we will have a no host dinner and drinks event that will begin at 7:30 pm at the Sin & Redemption Pub (136 McCaul St. Toronto ON M5T 1W2).

On Saturday, March 18 from 1:00pm-2:30pm, we will have our business meeting in the Dufferin room of the Sheraton.  This meeting will include a round table discussion of local politics in Japan that will feature Yosuke Sunahara (Kobe University), Amy Catalinac (New York University), Ken Hijino (Kyoto University), and Kay Shimizu (University of Pittsburgh).

I hope to see you there,

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