Online Roundtable

Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change, and the Transformation of the Japanese State

Date

17/02/2022

Start

10:00 a.m. (CET)

End

11:30 a.m. (CET)

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  • Mired in national crises since the early 1990s, Japan has had to respond to a rapid population decline; the Asian and global financial crises; the 2011 triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns; the COVID-19 pandemic; China’s economic rise; threats from North Korea; and massive public debt.

    At this event, established specialists in a variety of areas such as sociology, public policy, political science, and international relations, will discuss the discrepancies between official rhetoric and policy practice, along with current perceptions of decline and crisis, in contemporary Japan.

    They will gauge the effectiveness and the implications of political responses through analyses of how crises are narrated and used to justify policy interventions. Transcending boundaries between issue areas and domestic and international politics, these contributions paint a dynamic picture of the contested but changing nature of social, economic, and, ultimately, political institutions as they constitute the transforming Japanese state.

    Thursday, 17 February 2022 | 10:00–11:30 a.m. (CET) | 6:00–7:30 p.m. (Tokyo)

    Speakers: Prof. Dr. David Chiavacci is Professor in the Social Sciences of Japan at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

    Dr. Paul O’Shea is Senior Lecturer at the Centre of East and Southeast Asian Studies at Lund University, Sweden.

    Prof. Dr. Hiroko Takeda is Professor of Political Analysis at the Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University, Japan.

    Prof. Dr. Gabriele Vogt is Chair of Japanese Studies and Director of the Department of Asian Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany.

    Moderators: Sebastian Maslow is Senior Lecturer at Shirayuri Women’s College in Sendai, Japan.

    Dr. Christian Wirth is Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies in Hamburg, Germany.


    Location

    Online event

    Language

    English

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    Research Project | 01/01/2017 - 01/12/2019

    Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change and State Transformation: Japan in the Global Context

    While East Asia’s and especially China’s economic growth has become a major driving force of global change, developed countries struggle to readjust their social, economic and political institutions to the challenges of financial crises, shrinking populations, and the rising demand for and costs of social welfare. As an economically and technologically highly advanced society, Japan finds itself at the intersection and forefront of these regional and global changes.
    GIGA, Tohoku University Forum for Creativity, 2017-2019

    Dr. Sebastian Maslow

    Prof. Dr. David Chiavacci

    Prof. Dr. Hiroko Takeda

    Dr. Jeremy Breaden

    Prof. Dr. Koichi Hasegawa

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Saori Shibata

    Dr. Paul O'Shea

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Raymond Yamamoto

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Dr. Ra Mason

    Dr. Shogo Suzuki

    Chapter in edited Volume | 11/2021

    Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change and the Transformation of the Japanese State

    Japan has been mired in national crises and undergoing profound change since the early 1990s. The author of this book analyses the crisis narrative across and changes of public institutions three decades and ten policy fields to distinguish discursively generated crises from actual policy failures.

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Dr. Sebastian Maslow

    Social Science Japan Journal | 09/2021

    "Japanese Geopolitics and the Western Imagination," by Atsuko Watanabe. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

    This article reviews Atsuko Watanabe‘s Book “Japanese Geopolitics and the Western Imagination” published in Cham, Switzerland by Palgrave MacMillan in 2019. The author finds that the volume addresses a glaring gap in scholarship on the international relations of Japan and East Asia.

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Chapter in edited Volume | 11/2021

    Narrating Japan’s Crisis, Narrating Japan’s Rebirth

    Japan has been in a state of national crisis and profound change since the early 1990s. The book analyses the crisis narrative over three decades and ten policy fields to distinguish discursively generated crises from actual policy failures. This chapter summarises the findings.

    Dr. Christian Wirth

    Research Fellow

    Dr. Sebastian Maslow

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