Cornell University

Revisiting Japan's Asia Policy by Takashi Shiraishi

Monday, October 28, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, GS76
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Takashi Shiraishi, Area Studies, Kyoto University is speaking on 'Revisiting Japan's Asia Policy.'  

Summary: How has Japan's Asia policy evolved in the context of the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, the 2008-2010 global financial crisis, the rise and fall of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), and the rise of China? Japan's Asia policy is changing again over the past few years under the Abe Shinzo administration. I will examine the changes in Japan’s security, foreign, trade and investment, and technology policies and underline the importance of the Indo-Pacific regional framework to make sense of all those changes.

Shiraishi writes about some of his research here: One project examines the rise of East Asia as a world region, from the creation of Free Asia under American hegemony in the 1950s and 1960s, the regionalization in the 1980s and 1990s, the financial crisis in the late 1990s and the current attempts at regionalism. The project is funded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and its participants include leading Thai, Malaysian, Singaporean, Indonesian and Filipino as well as Japanese social scientists both at Kyoto University and at other institutions.

This event is hosted by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies with the Southeast Asia Program and the East Asia Program.

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