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.
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!