Tuesday, August 31, 2021

APSA 2021 (times updated)

 

We have some exciting events to report that are taking place at the upcoming APSA meeting. These events are all virtual, but due to APSA’s policies you will have to be registered for the conference to be able to attend.  

Our business meeting will take place the weekend before APSA, on Friday, September 24, 4:00-5:00pm PDT (8am-9am, September 25 JST). Our business meeting will include a roundtable discussion of the politics of agriculture in Japan, and it will feature short presentations by Patti Maclachlan, Hironori Sasada, and Hanno Jentzsch (all of whom have recent, exciting books about agriculture). 

We would also like to ask you to check whether your formal membership with JPSG is up to date. You can check on your status by 1) logging into your APSA account, 2) going to your profile page (click your name, which should be highlighted on the top of the page, 3) clicking on the "Related Groups" link on the right side of the page , and 4) checking the box for Japan Political Studies Group. 

 In addition, we were fortunate enough to be able to sponsor two JSPG-sponsored panels: 

First, "A Region of Regimes Prosperity & Plunder in Asia: Contribution of T.J. Pempel" will take place on Wednesday, September 29 from 2:00-3:30pm PDT (6am-7:30am, September 30 JST).

Here is a description of that session: In celebration of T.J. Pempel’s retirement from University of California, Berkeley and the publication of his newest book, this roundtable discusses Pempel’s recent work in the context of his lifetime contribution as a scholar and mentor. “A Region of Regimes” focuses on the successes and challenges among ten East Asia economies, analyzing the interpenetration of political, socio-economic, and international forces in three distinct regime types along with their corresponding economic policy paradigms. It also explores readjustments of regimes under challenges to regime coherence as well as the ways in which shifting regime combinations have led to changes in the regional order. This work is a capstone project in Pempel’s long academic career spanning five decades during which he has tackled ambitious and thought-provoking questions including comparative political economy, domestic sources of foreign policy, the impact of economic crises on political regimes and East Asian regionalism. Pempel’s contribution to the academy goes beyond his written work. He has been an invaluable mentor to many both inside and beyond the institutions where he has been affiliated, and he has been a leader in establishing a creative and exciting scholarly community in the studies of East Asia’s economy, politics and external relations. By gathering together experts from the field of East Asian political economy and his colleagues and former students, this roundtable analyzes his recent book as a way to honor Pempel’s lifetime contribution.

Second, "Government Structure, Capacity, and Leadership in Japan" will take place on Friday, October 1 from 6am-7:30am PDT (10:00pm-11:30pm JST). That panel will include papers by Douglas Miller, Sayaka Kamio, Nobuhiro Hiwatari, and Miwa Nakajo. Here is a brief overview of this panel: Japanese governance has evolved rapidly in the postwar period. Economic growth and malaise, demographic change, and international challenges after the Cold War have exerted pressure to adapt electoral and legislative strategies. This panel examines changes in institutional structure, state capacity, and political leadership, leveraging evidence from Japan. 

We hope to virtually see you at all of these events!

 

Sincerely,

Michael Strausz and Kenneth Mori McElwain

Thursday, August 6, 2020

APSA 2020: Virtual APSA

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!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

AAS 2020

Hello Japan Political Studies Group (JPSG),

I am writing to tell you about our JPSG-related events at the 2020 AAS meeting. On Friday night, we will have our business meeting from 7:30-9:30 in the Beacon F room of the Sheraton. The theme of this meeting will be “New Books on Japanese Politics,” and we will have presentations by Daniel Smith, Amy Catalinac, Patricia Maclachlan, and Michael Strausz.

After our meeting, we will go to the Pour House (https://www.pourhouseboston.com/)  to have some snacks and/or drinks and continue our conversation. Please join us at both events and bring friends!

In addition to these announcements, 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 share them in a reply to this email.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Boston.

Monday, August 19, 2019

APSA 2019

Greetings, members of the Japan Political Studies Group!

We wanted to tell you about the JPSG-related events at the APSA meeting in Washington DC.  Our business meeting will be held from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Friday, August 30 in the McKinley room of the Marriott. The theme of this meeting will be “The Next Generation of Japanese Politics Research,” and we will have a roundtable discussion on research by three graduate students: Jonathon Baron (Yale); Deirdre Martin (Berkeley); and Mayumi Fukushima (MIT).

After the meeting, we will break so that people can drop their things in their rooms and/or go to various 7:30pm receptions, and then we will convene a dinner/drinks event at 8:15pm. At the meeting we will take names of people that are interested in attending the dinner/drinks event, and then we will make a reservation at a local establishment and email out the details to interested parties. If you are pretty sure that you would like to attend the dinner/drinks event but can’t make it to the meeting, please RSVP to Michael Strausz.

JPSG was able to sponsor two panels at this year’s meeting:

The first one is “Transformation of Japanese Politics: Institutional Changes and Policies” (Thu, August 29, 8:00 to 9:30am, Hilton, Fairchild East) and the second is “Changing Party-Voter Linkages in Japan” (Thu, August 29, 10:00 to 11:30am, Hilton, Jay). We hope that you can make it!

In addition to these announcements, 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 share them in a reply to this email.

Michael Strausz, Texas Christian University
Kenneth Mori McElwain, University of Tokyo

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

AAS 2019

Greetings, members of the Japan Political Studies Group!

We wanted to tell you about the JPSG-related events at the AAS meeting in Denver.  Our business meeting will be held from 7:30pm-9:00pm on Friday, March 22 in Plaza Court 3 in the Plaza Building. The meeting will be held jointly with the Japan America Women Political Scientists Symposium (JAWS), and we will have a panel discussion on the new book Beyond the Gender Gap in Japan (University of Michigan Press), edited by Gill Steel. Presenters will include Gill Steel (Doshisha University) and Liv Coleman (University of Tampa).

After that meeting, interested parties will move on to the Majestic Ballroom for the Japan Foundation reception, which will go on until 9:30pm.

In addition, we are continuing to collect resources for teaching about Japanese politics, which you can find here: http://japanpsg.blogspot.com/2017/07/resources-for-teaching-about-japanese.html. If you have a syllabus, an updated syllabus, or other resources to share, please send Michael Strausz an email.

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).