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,