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

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!